The Republican Governors Association pulled nearly all its remaining TV advertising in North Carolina, signaling its confidence that Pat McCrory is a lock in the governor's race.
The D.C.-based group planned to spend nearly $1 million on TV ads attacking Democrat Walter Dalton in the final two weeks of the election. But the RGA cut all spending on broadcast stations starting this week, media buyers reported Monday.
The RGA is still spending roughly $300,000 to air cable TV and radio ads but the amount is dispersed and essentially negligible. Earlier this month, the national GOP group trimmed its spending, saying it was comfortable with McCrory's double-digit lead in the polls, but still kept one foot in the race. Now it appears even more confident.
The RGA spent $4.4 million to help boost McCrory this year. "We continue to monitor the race as well as the (Democratic Governors Association's) spending in North Carolina and adjust accordingly," said Mike Schrimpf, a spokesman. "Right now, DGA is giving no indication they think Walter Dalton can stage a comeback."