Apparently concluding that DFL Rep. Tim Walz looks like a safe bet to win re-election in the 1st Congressional District, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trimming its nearly $3 million Minnesota ad budget by about $260,000, according to a DCCC spokesperson.
The cash was originally meant for two ads to be run in Walz’s favor later this month.
Walz is on the DCCC’s “Frontline” list, a select group of incumbent U.S. House Democrats who are likely to face competitive races. Less than six weeks out from Election Day, the DCCC feels confident Walz will win in the 1st.
Though DCCC won’t be running ads for Walz, the group will continue to work with his campaign, the DCCC spokesperson said.
And the DCCC still plans to spend substantially on other Minnesota races, including $700,000 during the week it initially planned to run the Walz ads. Already, the DCCC has invested heavily in ads targeting Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who is running a competitive race against DFL challenger Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District.