Last Updated on September 21, 2022
A prominent Republican super PAC decided to cancel nearly $10 million worth of television advertisements that were set to appear in Arizona ahead of the final stretch of Blake Masters’ U.S. Senate race.
The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), which is heavily influenced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), announced the spending cut on Tuesday.
Masters, a rising America First firebrand, is in a close race with Democrat opponent and incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly but is behind eight points according to a recent Fox News poll.
The president of SLF, Steven Law, said they wanted to focus on directing funds to help Ohio U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance.
“We’re leaving the door wide open in Arizona but we want to move additional resources to other offensive opportunities that have become increasingly competitive, as well as an unexpected expense in Ohio,” Law stated.
“We think the fundamentals of this election strongly favor Republicans, we see multiple paths to winning the majority, and we are going to invest heavily and strategically to achieve that goal,” Law added.
With SLF’s sudden pull-out from Masters’ race, his campaign is scrambling to keep up with Sen. Mark Kelly’s high fundraising numbers.
Sentinel Action Fund, a super PAC associated with Heritage Action, is planning on spending $2.5 million on advertisements in support of Masters.
Conservative tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who has already donated over $20 million to Masters and Vance’s campaign, pledged an additional $1.68 million to Masters.
As National File previously reported, during former President Trump’s Ohio rally on Saturday:
The former president took a hit at House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, describing him to be a “disgrace” before encouraging JD Vance to “do something about it.”
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.