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Democratic Super PAC Cancels Minnesota 3rd District Reservations

House Majority PAC cuts TV time for 2nd District for opposite reason

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen can point to recent GOP polling which shows him comfortably ahead of his Democratic challenger Terri Bonoff in the state's 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats to the House, has cancelled its TV reservations in Minnesota's 3rd District. 

Democrats had touted the suburban district, held by four-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, as one that Donald Trump's candidacy could help put in play. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll from Sept. 12 gave Democratic state Sen. Terri Bonoff a 40-38 percent edge over Paulsen.

But recent GOP polling gave Paulsen a comfortable margin. He has a significant cash-on-hand advantage over Bonoff, ending the pre-primary reporting period on July 20 with $3.2 million in the bank compared to $571,000 for his Democratic opponent. 

House Majority PAC reserved $574,000 for the district in mid-July. Time can still be rebooked if the race begins to look more favorable for the Democrats. 

The DCCC is still on the air here with an ad comparing Paulsen to Trump and maintains that voters will reject Paulsen once they know more about him. 

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Meanwhile, House Majority PAC has reduced its reservations in the state's competitive 2nd District — but for the opposite reason. Democrats are feeling confident about Democrat Angie Craig's chances against Republican Jason Lewis in this open seat, rated Tilts Democratic by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. The seat is currently held by retiring GOP Rep. John Kline. 

No adjustments have been made to the super PAC's reservations in the 8th District, where Republicans are hoping to knock off Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. 

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