The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm has stopped running ads in Kentucky, as first reported by Roll Call, in what appears to be a calculated decision about where to prioritize their resources in the final stretch of the Senate races.
“The DSCC has now spent more than [$]2 million in Kentucky and continues to make targeted investments in the ground game while monitoring the race for future investments, but is currently not on the air in the state,” a spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said.
Most recent polls have shown Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) with a small but steady lead against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. One poll last week found Grimes up by two points, but within the margin of error.
The DSCC’s move comes just three weeks before the midterm election, where Democrats are eager to keep Republicans from winning the net six seats they need to take the majority. The map has scrambled in recent weeks, with Republicans gaining ground in purple states like Iowa and Colorado but losing ground in Kansas and South Dakota.