The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled its broadcast television for the final two weeks of the campaign in northern Virginia's 10th District race — a sign the GOP is confident they will keep this highly competitive seat.
In the race to replace retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., the NRCC cut $1 million in the pricey Washington, D.C. market, according to a Republican tracking media buys, who confirmed the move is a reaction to Democrats moving money out of the race earlier this week.
The shifts signals the Republican nominee, Barbara Comstock, is in a strong position to defeat the Democratic nominee, John Foust.
"Barbara Comstock is a terrific candidate who has worked very hard and put together a fantastic campaign and is in a great position to win on Nov. 4th," said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek when reached for comment.
The NRCC's funds will head straight to the race in California's 7th District, which is also where Democrats moved their cancelled ad time from Virginia. Freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., faces a highly competitive race in Sacramento area.
The NRCC was already on track to spend $2 million in Sacramento to target Bera, but this move adds roughly another million to their buy. Three outside groups — American Crossroads, Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network — increased their spending in the race by about a million dollars each in that market earlier this week.
In Virginia's 10th District, the NRCC will continue to air ads on broadcast next week and follow through on a cable and radio buy through the duration of the campaign.
The race is currently rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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