GOP House campaign arm cancels remaining ad reservation in Pittsburgh

GOP House campaign arm cancels remaining ad reservation in Pittsburgh
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The National Republican Congressional Committee's independent expenditure unit is cancelling its remaining ad reservation in the Pittsburgh media market through Election Day – a potentially grim sign for Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (R-Pa.). 

The move comes weeks after the NRCC pulled the plug on reservations in the area for Sept. 12-Oct. 8 and could signal that the committee may be losing confidence in whether Rothfus can defeat Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) in November.

The latest cancellation was announced on Twitter by ad-tracking firm Medium Buying.

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A spokesperson for the NRCC did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Rothfus currently represents Pennsylvania's 12th District, while Lamb represents the 18th. But redistricting in the state changed the current map, pitting both incumbents against one another in a new 17th District in November.

The redistricting has made Rothfus' reelection bid tougher. The Cook Political Report currently ranks the race between the two incumbents as "leaning Democratic," meaning Lamb has a slight edge. 

Lamb also benefited from the national media attention he received earlier this year after his stunning special election victory in a district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE won by 20 points in 2016.

A Monmouth University poll from July showed Lamb with a 12-point lead over Rothfus.