Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district

Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district
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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has canceled more than $1.2 million in late advertising in the expensive Las Vegas media market, a sign the party no longer has confidence it can win a key swing seat.

The NRCC had spent about $3 million on advertisements bolstering former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R), who is making a bid to return to Congress after losing his seat in 2016.

Hardy faces a rematch against the man he beat in 2014, former Rep. Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Nevada Democrat calls Trump’s focus on border wall ‘unfortunate and unnecessary’ The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi to reclaim Speakership amid shutdown MORE (D). The rematch is taking place after the current incumbent, Rep. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus KihuenNevada Dem sanctioned for sexual misconduct announces city council bid Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Pence aide defends Meadows after ethics panel reprimand: He ‘had my back’ MORE (D), is not seeking reelection after a single term in the face of allegations of improper behavior toward a staffer.

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The district, based in North Las Vegas and stretching into rural counties across the southern half of Nevada, favored Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier MORE by a narrow 49 percent to 45 percent margin over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE in 2016.

The only public poll in the race, conducted last week by Emerson College, showed Horsford with a narrow 36 percent to 34 percent lead.

Privately, Republicans have said the race is not as close. One senior Republican official said the NRCC decided to move its money simply because it is needed in too many other places.

The Las Vegas media market has become one of the most heated television environments in the country in recent months, as Democrats and Republicans fight for two open U.S. House seats and in a competitive Senate contest and a blistering race for governor.

Supporters and opponents of a ballot measure to deconstruct the state’s energy monopoly have also spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising in Las Vegas, making it one of the most expensive markets in the nation.

Nevada’s 4th District was created after the 2010 census and the subsequent reapportionment process. Horsford, Hardy and Kihuen are the only three people to have held the seat.

Republican groups previously canceled their planned advertising in the second open seat, south of Las Vegas, after they lost faith in businessman Danny Tarkanian’s (R) ability to beat philanthropist Susie Lee (D).