Tightening Belts

Via the Politico (via the Fix):

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to pull its television advertising out of Louisiana, a decision that drastically reduces the party’s chances at its lone takeover opportunity in this election cycle.

The ads, according to buy information obtained by The Fix, will end next Tuesday — two weeks before the Nov. 4 election between Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and state Treasurer John Kennedy (R).

NRSC communications director Rebecca Fisher offered no comment when asked about the move to pull down the ads.

The decision to stop advertising in the race against Landrieu reflects a recognition by the NRSC of the stark financial reality it faces in the fall campaign. The Republican committee has been consistently outraised by its Democratic counterpart and, as the political environment has worsened for the GOP in recent weeks, several Republican senators that appeared safe — Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) to name two — have suddenly appeared more vulnerable.

Doesn’t sound promising; the Landrieu seat was probably the only relatively serious hope of the GOP picking up a Senate seat.  The latest Rasmussen poll had her up by 13 points.

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