Exiting the 17th.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is canceling spending in Pittsburgh that was set for October 8 to the November 6, Election Day, according to Medium Buying.
— Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) September 21, 2018
This will mainly impact the race in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District between incumbents Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny). A much smaller portion of the Pittsburgh television market includes voters for the 16th District’s race between incumbent Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Democratic challenger, Ron DiNicola.
Earlier this month, the NRCC canceled spending for the Pittsburgh market from September 12 to October 8.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from both the Lamb and Rothfus campaign on this most recent development.
During the time of the last canceled ad spending, the Rothfus campaign remained optimistic on the candidate’s odds.
After the NRCC canceled spending for the rest of September earlier this month, Pro-Trump PAC, America First Action announced it was investing $726,000 in ad buys for the 17th district.
The news of the Pro-Trump PAC entering the race prompted the Lamb campaign to criticize the move painting his opponent as beholden to corporate PACs.