The National Republican Congressional Committee, looking to hold on to the GOP’s House majority in November, is reconsidering which congressional races to target, The Hill is reporting.
“It’s a giant chessboard,” one longtime GOP operative told the website. “There’s obviously limited resources, and you need to make tough decisions. This is sort of an art form as opposed to a science.”
The NRCC is faced with deciding whether to concentrate its efforts on competitive races in Democratic-leaning districts or protect GOP strongholds, The Hill noted.
Last week, the NRCC pulled its remaining ads buys in the Pittsburgh media market. The market includes the district where Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., is locked in a battle by Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa.
As a result of redistricting, it is now viewed as Democratic-learning.
According to The Hill, the funding change is likely a sign of things to come.
“There could be a bunch more,” said one former NRCC staffer. “It all depends on the polling. People evaluate these things on an hourly, daily basis. These decisions aren’t made lightly. If you have a race that’s just not winnable and you have limited resources, you can’t spend just to make somebody feel better.”
Still, Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, chairman of the NRCC is confidently predicting the GOP will retain control of the House.
"We have peace and prosperity, and our recruiting has gone well," he said.
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