The DSCC is moving TV ad money out of Missouri, a sign that the Senate race may be moving beyond Democrats’ grasp.
Four Republican sources who monitor media buying and three Missouri TV stations have confirmed to Hotline On Call that the DSCC has canceled reservations from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25. The DSCC still has reservations in Missouri for the last week before Election Day.
“Yes, the weeks of Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 have been canceled for the DSCC in our station,” Sean Kellerman of WDAF, the Kansas City, MO, FOX affiliate, said.
“They have requested cancellations,” said Amy Warren of KCTV, Kansas City’s CBS affiliate.
This was one of the few Republican held seats that Democrats thought they had a shot at this year, but as they are forced to defend seats in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia, they have to start weighing their priorities.
Last Tuesday’s vote on Proposition C in Missouri, which was backed by 71% of primary voters in that state, may not help Robin Carnahan’s bid for United States Senate, who will be taking on Rep. Roy Blunt (R):
While Washington is obsessing over what the results of Missouri’s anti-health care reform ballot initiative mean for President Barack Obama, the state’s political insiders are debating whether it’s Democratic Senate nominee Robin Carnahan who needs to be worried.
A staggering 71 percent of Show-Me state primary voters cast ballots Tuesday opposing the new federal health care law — a symbolic yet resounding message that places Carnahan on the opposite side of a supermajority of the electorate.
Republicans argue the result from the country’s first proxy vote on the health care law is an ominous sign that bodes ill for Carnahan’s chances of capturing outgoing Republican Sen. Kit Bond’s seat this fall. As they see it, the lopsided vote crystallizes the challenge she faces in explaining her support for the legislation as she attempts to narrow her deficit in the polls with Rep. Roy Blunt, the Republican nominee.
“This is a very difficult issue for Robin Carnahan, because the crown jewel of Obama’s legislative career has been health care, and 71 percent of those voting in the primary — people who are going to come back in the general [election] — are voting for this,” said Patrick Tuohey, a Kansas City Republican who managed the Yes on Prop C campaign.