Walter Dalton is again pulling his TV ads from the Charlotte market starting this week.
The Democrat initially bought commercial time in rival Pat McCrory's hometown but decided to cut his $200,000 TV buy for the next two weeks, according to media tracking data from Friday.
Democrats have been reticent to spend big money on TV in the Charlotte market, the state's largest, this campaign season -- as we've noted before. But this week a liberal group funded by the Democratic Governors Association began airing its attack ads against McCrory in the Queen City.
Dalton is the hold out. His campaign is airing radio commercials in the area that question McCrory's ethics and public safety credentials, but the candidate isn't scheduled to run TV ads until Oct. 22, media buyers report.
Dalton's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment. A spokesman previously vowed his latest TV ad critical of McCrory would run in Charlotte -- but its unclear if the campaign's strategy changed.
Republicans are pulling some of their TV time from North Carolina, confident in McCrory's double-digit poll lead.