Politics & Policy

Paul Up 11, Dems Giving Up On KY?

A new Rasmussen poll has Rand Paul leading Jack Conway by 11 points — 49 percent to 38 percent.

In other (presumably not unrelated) news, DSCC has canceled several ad buys — close to $300,000 worth of air time — in Kentucky, a pretty clear signal that Democrats sense the race is slipping away. Hotline on Call reports:

The cancellation is another indication that the DSCC is re-evaluating its spending strategy as some states that were believed to be sure things have become increasingly competitive. Earlier Wednesday, the DSCC reserved air time in Connecticut, a state the was firmly in the Democratic column at the beginning of the cycle. The DSCC reserved $250K in Connecticut, roughly the same amount it is canceling in Kentucky.

The cancellation also comes a day after the DSCC unexpectedly went up in West Virginia, a sign that that race has also tightened.

Not all the news this week has been bad for Democrats, though. In Washington and California — two races that looked like pick up opportunities for the GOP just a month ago — Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) appear to be opening up leads in recent polls.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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