Did the DCCC just abandon Patrick Murphy?


Roll Call is reporting that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled a week of airtime in Allen West’s district starting Oct 9, according to multiple sources tracking the buy.

This leads one to wonder, is the DCCC abandoning Patrick Murphy?

The DCCC has given no other indication that it’s ready to give up on the race, but, as Shira Toeplitz notes, “it’s almost never a good sign when a committee cuts airtime for a candidate.”

At least the DCCC is keeping its ad reservations for the race in the final three weeks before Election Day — at least for now.

“Patrick Murphy is ahead in the polls, and we’ve committed the resources to ensure he can win,” said Jesse Ferguson, a DCCC spokesman. “But the best resource for him to win this race is letting Allen West be Allen West.”

More from Roll Call here.



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