The group has so far spent $ 15 million in the Colorado election to oust Gardner, the former chairman of the Senate’s GOP campaign arm. Colorado and Arizona are considered the easiest Democrats to pick up. The party must take at least three seats to cut the 53-seat Republican majority in the Senate.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a GOP group led by allies of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, continues to run ads in the state, as do two Republican super PACs. A Senate Leadership Fund spokesman said the group would continue promoting in the race.
But the battle for a Senate majority has largely shifted to places like Maine, Iowa, and North Carolina. The Senate Majority PAC recently launched large new ad purchases in South Carolina, Kansas, and Texas in hopes of getting seats in deep red areas. The races in these states are far tougher for Democrats than in Colorado, where Hickenlooper Gardner consistently leads by a healthy margin.
News of the Senate Majority PAC tactical shift was first reported by The Associated Press.
Despite Hickenlooper’s lead in the polls and the confidence expressed by the Senate majority PAC, a spokesman for the Gardner campaign asked to comment on the National Democrats’ decision had a different interpretation.
“It is clear that the Democrats also know that John Hickenlooper has no chance of winning,” said Gardner spokesman Jerrod Dobkin.
James Arkin contributed to this report.