The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), the Mitch McConnell-tuned Super PAC, is reportedly canceling the $9.6 million it had set aside for television ads in the US Senate race in Arizona.
UKTN reported that McConnell’s group has “confidence” that other conservative groups would cover much of the difference in spending to help Blake Masters, the Republican nominee in the state. The group has already spent $9.6 million on television ads in the state, while outside groups have reportedly spent $7.5 million.
Despite halting multi-million dollar ad purchase, Punchbowl News says reported that McConnell is organizing a fundraiser for Masters on Wednesday, which would mark the second time the minority leader is holding something for Masters.
However, the spending cancellation means the Senate’s largest Republican-based Super PAC won’t spend any money in the state, which is considered one of the most-watched races in the country as Masters will face off against the incumbent Democrat. sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).
Other contributions from the Republican Super PACs to the race include:
- Sentinel Action Fund, which is affiliated with Heritage Action for America super PAC, will spend $3.5 million on television advertising and another $1.5 million on voter outreach, Politics reported.
- Saving Arizona, a pro-Masters Super PAC backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is expenses $1.68 million to boost the candidate.
- An ad tracker also reported that Trump-affiliated super PAC Our American Century would spend $1 millionthe National Republican Senatorial Commission would Spending $887,000, the Club for Growth would Spend $330,000, and Restoration PAC would spend $100,000.
Commenting on SLF’s withdrawal of their funds, SLF President Steven Law told UKTN, “We’re thrilled to see outside Republican forces appearing on a large scale in Arizona, with millions in new spending pledged to help Mark Kelly down in the last stretch.”
Law noted that this would give the group more money to allocate to other places in the country to help candidates in Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada. “This allows us to pursue offensive opportunities, maximize our investment in existing commitments, and focus our efforts to win the Senate majority,” Law added.
On Sunday, the Trafalgar Group released a poll showing that Masters is just 1.2 percentage points behind Kelly. Of the 1,080 likely voters, 45.4 percent say they support Masters, compared to the 46.6 percent who said they support Kelly. There were another 5.3 percent who were undecided, and only 2.7 percent planned to vote for Marc Victor, a libertarian.