As we wrote last week, this is the point in the midterms when each party has to take a hard look at its spending priorities, and redirect its money to the closest races. Today, via reporting by Kyle Trygstad of Roll Call, comes the latest news of a candidate apparently cut loose by her party — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, in Kentucky. The DSCC is no longer airing ads for Grimes and has no plans to air any more.
This news helps pave the way for an easy reelection victory for Senate Minority Leader — and possibly soon Majority Leader — Mitch McConnell. This also helps explain why Grimes has recently resorted to the rather desperate tactic of running an ad criticizing the 1986 immigration reform bill, while attempting to hide it from a national audience, as Vox's Dara Lind wrote.
Like the NRSC's decision to cancel its ad buys in Michigan last week, this news will come as no surprise to those following the polls and election forecasts. For months, Grimes has polled among the worst of Democratic candidates in races viewed as competitive.
Grimes, once viewed as a promising recruit, is now being criticized for running a bad campaign that squandered the chance to unseat the unpopular McConnell. But last year, election analysts Harry Enten and Nate Cohn predicted that Grimes' polling numbers would eventually be pulled down by the fundamentals of both Kentucky and the national situation.