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Parties starving weak candidates in final midterm crunch

Thought Leader: Josh Kraushaar
October 9, 2022
Source: Axios

With 30 days until the midterms, party leaders are making ruthless calculations to cut funding for underachieving candidates in a push to sharpen their top targets. In other cases, party committees and super PACs aren’t spending at all on potentially winnable races because of flawed candidates.

Driving the news: The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Friday it would be cutting back on its advertising against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in New Hampshire, opting to focus on other, closer Senate battlegrounds in which Republicans are being outspent.

Why it matters: We’re seeing Democrats cut off funding for some candidates primarily because they don’t have enough resources to spend in an expanding battleground map. Republicans, by contrast, are more likely to cut bait on candidates running poor campaigns, not raising money on their own or sounding too extreme for their districts.

Between the lines: The Democratic disengagement from a Wisconsin district it currently holds is a notable concession that Jan. 6 isn’t resonating as an election issue with swing voters.

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