House Majority PAC cancels ads for Comstock race

House Majority PAC cancels ads for Comstock race
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House Majority PAC, the largest outside group backing Democrats, canceled an $800,000 ad buy in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockFormer GOP lawmaker says party should denounce Marjorie Taylor Greene Former GOP congresswoman calls on Republicans to back impeachment 22 retired GOP members of Congress call for Trump's impeachment MORE (R), in a sign that Democrats are increasingly confident they will flip the seat.

“House Majority PAC cancelled their entire broadcast flight in #VA10, more than 800K, for 10/30-11/5 which brings their total to $354K,” Advertising Analytics, a Virginia-based firm that tracks political media, tweeted Tuesday.

House Majority PAC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comstock has trailed her Democratic challenger state Senator Jennifer Wexton in several polls. Nonpartisan elections forecaster, The Cook Political Report, rates the race as “Lean Democratic,” and an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics has Wexton up by 9 percentage points. 


Comstock, who has held the seat since 2014, is running in a district that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks MORE carried by 10 points in 2016.

Comstock has tried to distance herself from President Trump, who remains unpopular in the largely suburban district. Republicans fear that Trump’s rhetoric, particularly about women, will alienate the widely sought after demographic of college-educated, suburban women in districts just like Comstock’s.

Wexton has unleashed a barrage of ads linking the congresswoman to the president, including one that calls her “Barbara Trump-stock.”

Comstock broke with Trump and her party on repealing ObamaCare last year and she personally urged the president during a televised White House meeting not to shut down the government over immigration.

“I’m my own woman,” Comstock told CNN in a recent interview. “And I’ve worked with a Republican governor and now a Democrat governor, a Democrat president and now a Republican president.”

Democrats hope that Virginia’s 10th Congressional District will be one of the 23 needed to flip the lower chamber.