McConnell-Aligned Super PAC Pulls Resources out of Arizona

The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), the Super PAC allied with Mitch McConnell, is reportedly canceling the $9.6 million it has set aside for television advertising in the Arizona US Senate race.

Axios reported that McConnell’s group was “confident” that other conservative groups would pick up much of the difference in spending to help Blake Masters, the state’s Republican nominee. The group has already spent $9.6 million on television advertising in the state, while outside groups had reportedly already spent $7.5 million.

Even though the multimillion-dollar ad purchase was cut, Punchbowl News reported that McConnell is hosting a fundraiser for Masters on Wednesday, which would be the second time the minority leader has hosted something for Masters.

However, the spending cancellation means the largest Republican-leaning super PAC in the Senate will not spend money in the state, which ranks as one of the most-watched races in the country, as Masters will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly (DAZ).

The contribution of other Republican-leaning Super PACs in the race is:

  • The Sentinel Action Fund, which has ties to the Heritage Action for America Super PAC, will spend $3.5 million on television advertising and another $1.5 million on public relations. Politically reported.
  • Saving Arizona, a Pro Masters Super PAC backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is expenditure $1.68 million to promote the candidate.
  • An ad tracker also reported that Trump-affiliated super PAC Our American Century want spend 1 million dollarsthe National Republican Senatorial Committee want Spend $887,000 on Club for Growth want Spend $330,000 and Restoration PAC would spend $100,000.

In response to the SLF withdrawing its money, SLF President Steven Law told Axios, “We are excited to see Republican outside forces emerge in Arizona in a big way, with millions in new spending promised, Mark Kelly on the crashing last stretch.”

Law noted that this would give the group more funds to allocate elsewhere in the country to help candidates in Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada. “This allows us to pursue offensive opportunities, maximize our investments in existing commitments, and focus our efforts on winning the Senate majority,” Law added.

On Sunday, the Trafalgar Group released a poll showing Masters is just 1.2 percentage points behind Kelly. Of the 1,080 likely respondents, 45.4 percent said they support Masters, compared to 46.6 percent who said they support Kelly. Another 5.3 percent were undecided, and only 2.7 percent planned to vote for Marc Victor, a Libertarian.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss. McConnell-Aligned Super PAC Pulls Resources out of Arizona

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