The Republican super PAC working to take back the Senate is pulling its ads from the past two weeks in New Hampshire, according to the group’s spokesman, after Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc dropped a bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan.
The Senate Leadership Fund is cutting $5.6 million in ads it planned to air in the state over the past two weeks, the spokeswoman said.
SLF is affiliated with Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was the largest TV and digital advertiser this fall in six of the 10 states CNN is likely to flip: Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
But now the group will pull its planned spending out of New Hampshire, said super PAC chairman Steven Law.
“As the cycle is coming to an end, we are moving resources to where they can be most effective to achieve our ultimate goal: winning the majority,” he said.
As Democrats headed into the midterm elections, Hassan was seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate positions in the country. But Republicans couldn’t get past New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse in the primary, as Bolduc unexpectedly won the party’s Senate nomination.
Bolduc, seen as a highly unlikely candidate among key Republicans in Washington, D.C. and New Hampshire, has since tried to distance himself from the positions he took in the primaries, including misrepresentations about the 2020 election. But the general election campaign has not eased concerns among mainstream Republican skepticism.
Bolduc is now on his own in New Hampshire. The spokesperson of the group announced that the last advertisements of the state SLF will be published on October 25.
The Republican National Senatorial Committee pulled more than $2.5 million from New Hampshire earlier this month and redirected the money to other target states.
Chris Hartline, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said at the time that they were “pleased to see outside Republican forces show up in New Hampshire in a big way, committing millions in spending in the last round to unseat Maggie Hassan.”