The Campaign Spot

Democrats Giving Up on Mark Udall?

This is potentially huge. Senate Majority PAC — the SuperPAC aiming to help Democrats keep their Senate majority — is cancelling $289,000 worth of broadcast-television advertising next week. 

We’re reaching the time of year where party committees — and now, super PACs and outside groups — must prioritize and reallocate their resources to where they think those resources will do the most good. 

This isn’t the only big cancellation Senate Majority PAC has made recently:

Majority PAC began advertising in Colorado in March, trying to help keep Senator Mark Udall ahead of GOP challenger Cory Gardner. As of today, the group has spent $3 million in Colorado attacking Gardner

Udall led only one of the past five polls, and the only public poll conducted in October so far, by Fox News, found Gardner leading, 43 percent to 37 percent. 

UPDATE: And now… the Denver Post endorses Gardner, and is brutal in its assessment of Udall:

Rather than run on his record, Udall’s campaign has devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives. Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision. His obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.

Democrats will insist that newspaper endorsements rarely move votes, and they’re right. But the endorsement inoculates Gardner on the accusation of extremism and sets him up with a broadly positive, optimistic closing message.

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