Top GOP super PAC no longer airing TV ads in West Virginia Senate race: report

Top GOP super PAC no longer airing TV ads in West Virginia Senate race: report
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A major Republican super PAC is no longer airing ads in West Virginia, signaling the GOP is doubtful of its chances of unseating Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy: Manchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas review | Biden admin reportedly aims for 40 percent of drivers using EVs by 2030 |  Lack of DOD action may have caused 'preventable' PFAS risks Manchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas moratorium Feehery: It's time for Senate Republicans to play hardball on infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.), The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony McCarthy, McConnell say they didn't watch Jan. 6 hearing MORE (R-Ky.) told the Post that it is no longer airing television advertisements in The Mountain State after spending millions of dollars in support of GOP Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s attorney general.  

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It will instead invest $150,000 in get-out-the-vote efforts and digital ads to help allocate money to closer Senate races across the country where Republicans believe they have the ability to flip Democratic-held seats, the Post reported.

"Our reservations ended this week and now we are spending $150k on GOTV," an SLF spokesman told The Hill.

Morrisey and Manchin are due to face each other in a debate later on Thursday.

The Post report comes the same day as polls from MetroNews and Emerson College showed Manchin with a 5-point lead in the contest. 

The Cook Political Report rates the West Virginia race as “Lean Democratic,” even though it is a state won by President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE by over 40 points in 2016. 

Republicans are seeking to maintain or expand upon their 51-49 majority in the Senate, taking advantage of an electoral map that has Democrats defending 10 seats in states Trump won in 2016.

— Updated at 6:27 p.m.