Bye, Bye, Patrick Murphy.
The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee has slashed its Philadelphia television ad buy, cutting Patrick Murphy loose just as the election season heats up and polls show him down by double-digits against Republican challenger Mike Fitzpatrick.
The move also effects the similarly foundering campaign of John Callahan, who is challenging Republican incumbent Charlie Dent.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had planned to run political commercials for the final two weeks until the Nov. 2 election. It has now scaled back its ad buy to just the final week, which begins Oct. 26.
Recent polls have showed Murphy trailing his Republican challenger, Mike Fitzpatrick, by double digits. Dent also maintains a significant double-digit lead over his Democratic opponent, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan.
“Given the state of the polling, you might imagine that the DCCC is maybe making a decision to concentrate its resources in races it has the best chance in, therefore cutting back in the others,” said Chris Borick, a political scientist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
One would imagine the only reason they’re still buying in Philadelphia at all is for the New Jersey and Delaware races served out of the market.
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