The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “shaved its ad buy” for Rep. Betsy Markey but has not completely abandoned the freshman incumbent, according to the Denver Post. The DCCC has done the same in other districts where the Democrat is “running behind their Republican challengers in the polls.”
Joanna Burgos, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, disagreed. “Make no mistake about it, when you’ve got a destructive voting record like Betsy Markey and the national party begins to siphon funds away from your deteriorating race 30 days out, it is because they are hanging you out to dry,” said Burgos in a media release.
Democrats, including the Markey campaign, are clinging to any sign of viability, like the Hill poll released today that showed Cory Gardner’s lead narrowing to just a few points. The NRCC itself, however, has moved critical TV ad buy resources away from targeting Markey in the final weeks and into a “more competitive race” in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, to the tune of $700,000.
A third party has stepped up to support Markey in the final weeks, as Emily’s List has done with a $300,000 ad buy: