Republicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat
The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled planned advertising buys in Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-Colo.) district, a sign the GOP no longer thinks he can win his bid for re-election.
The NRCC is canceling $1 million in buys in Coffman’s district, in the Denver suburbs.
It will spend that money and more in Florida’s 27th district, where Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) is retiring this year, according to a party source with knowledge of their advertising plans.
The party will spend $2 million in late advertising in Miami, where a first-time candidate is running a stronger-than-expected bid to keep an open seat that gave Hillary Clinton a majority of its votes.
The district favored Clinton over President Trump by a nearly 20-point margin in 2016. Barack Obama also won the seat twice.
But this year, former television anchor and reporter Maria Elvira Salazar (R) is running neck and neck with the Democratic nominee, former Health and Human Services Secretary and University of Miami President Donna Shalala (D).
Shalala has been the target of Democratic ire for running what observers call a lackluster race. A Mason-Dixon survey conducted earlier this month found Salazar leading Shalala by a 44 percent to 42 percent margin. Last month, Shalala’s and Salazar’s campaigns each released internal polls that showed their candidates leading.
Coffman is in a much tougher position. Though he has survived difficult fights before, the five-term Republican who represents suburban Denver has trailed his Democratic challenger, attorney Jason Crow, for months.
The NRCC had already spent $1 million propping up Coffman in the last month, before they decided to pull the plug Friday.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the largest super PAC that supports House Republican candidates, pulled out of Coffman’s district last month.