Republican party strategists have written off incumbent senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, admitting he will lose an important seat in November’s mid-term elections. The national party has pulled financial suppport from DeWine’s race and are concentrating on other ones they might win.
Writes Adan Nagourney in The New York Times:
Senior Republican leaders have concluded that Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, a pivotal state in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fierce midterm election battles, is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators, party officials said.
The decision to effectively write off Mr. DeWineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seat, after a series of internal Republican polls showed him falling behind his Democratic challenger, is part of a fluid series of choices by top leaders in both parties as they set the strategic framework of the campaignÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s final three weeks, signaling, by where they are spending television money and other resources, the Senate and House races where they believe they have the best chances of success.
Republicans are now pinning their hopes of holding the Senate on three states Ã¢â‚¬â€ Missouri, Tennessee and, with Ohio off the table, probably Virginia Ã¢â‚¬â€ while trying to hold on to the House by pouring money into districts where Republicans have a strong historical or registration advantage, party officials said Sunday. Republicans also said they would run advertisements in New Jersey this week to test the vulnerability of Senator Robert Menendez, one of the few Democrats who appear endangered.
Senior national Republican strategists who had been briefed on decisions made during the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s internal deliberations discussed the overall strategic thrusts but declined to provide specific dollar figures, saying that would give too much information to the Democrats.
The decision involving Mr. DeWine offers the most compelling evidence so far that Republicans are circling their wagons around a smaller group of races, effectively conceding some Senate and House seats with the goal of retaining at least a thin margin of control when the 110th Congress is seated next January. Democrats need to win 6 seats to capture the Senate and 15 seats to win the House on Nov. 7.