Republicans slash ad buys in N.H. Senate race as Hassan leads

The Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund super PAC placed a $23 million ad buy in New Hampshire in September and has not changed its approach yet. To keep the state on the board, Republicans probably need the PAC and other groups to stay on the airwaves.

The NRSC initially reserved $9 million in the state, and AdImpact showed the party cutting $2.7 million in ads. Hassan leads by an average of 8 percentage points, according to 538.

The Hassan campaign is not celebrating yet. Kevin Donohoe, a spokesman for the Democratic camp, said: “The one and only thing I agree with the NRSC on: there is still a ton of GOP spending against Senator Hassan.”

The NRSC will redirect the New Hampshire money to Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada — all states with races that appear much closer and more winnable than New Hampshire. Republicans need to flip one Democratic seat and hold Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina in order to reclaim the Senate majority next year.

Their best chance to flip a seat is probably Nevada, as Hassan and Sen. Mark Kelly (Ariz.) hold reliable leads in their races. And the tight Georgia race has been rocked by allegations that anti-abortion Republican candidate Herschel Walker paid for an abortion.

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