The National Republican Senatorial Committee isn’t planning on plowing any further money into David Perdue’s Senate campaign, according to Rob Portman, the NRSC’s Finance Chairman. Portman indicated that the campaign arm would be focusing on other races it thinks are winnable for the remaining six weeks of the campaign. Politico has the details:
“I don’t think any Republican seats are in great danger. I think, in fact, Pat Roberts is doing fine, Mitch McConnell’s doing well in Kentucky … in Georgia we’re doing well, trending in the right direction,” Portman told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Thursday. “I’m hopeful that we won’t have to expend NRSC resources in those states.”
Portman lumped those three states in with races in West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana as safe Republican states at this point in the election cycle, all states Mitt Romney won in 2012 against President Barack Obama. Polls show close races in Georgia and Kentucky trending toward the GOP, while Kansas appears more in flux due to the sagging Roberts campaign and surging independent candidate Greg Orman.
The NRSC has already invested more than $2 million in Georgia’s Senate race. Brad Dayspring, a spokesperson for the NRSC noted that the NRSC’s Democratic counterpart has spent almost nothing promoting Michelle Nunn.
As election season draws to a close, the NRSC will focus on races in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina, according to the Politico story.
Recent polling in Georgia has the race between Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn neck-and-neck. Does the NRSC know something the polls aren’t telling us, or have they decided there are better, more important opportunities elsewhere?