The Beginning of the End Has Arrived for Gardner

Peace Out!

As POLITICO reports, Senate Republicans are making a big spending commitment in five states in hopes of preserving their Senate Majority in 2020:

Republicans’ chief Senate super PAC is launching a new $21 million TV and radio ad buy in August across five races as the party continues to fight to protect its majority against massive Democratic spending.

Senate Leadership Fund, the outside group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will launch ads starting next week in Montana, Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, and will also go up in Arizona later this month, according to details shared first with POLITICO. The August wave represents an earlier-than-expected launch for the super PAC, which had previously booked $90 million in ads set to run across the Senate map starting after Labor Day.

Eagle-eyed readers will note that Colorado is NOT included on that list of states getting big money support in order to save the Senate Majority — and they’re not even waiting for Labor Day to say goodbye.

Senate Republican spokespeople will no doubt insist that Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is definitely not being left behind as they focus on trying to hold GOP seats in Georgia and Montana, but the writing is on the wall now. Gardner’s poll numbers have been awful in Colorado, and we’re not a state that is going to be competitive in the Presidential race (unlike, for example, Arizona), so there’s no secondary rationale for spending money to prop up Gardner.

Outside groups are still spending money in Colorado on Gardner’s behalf, but we would expect those ad buys to be quietly altered as Labor Day approaches. We’ve said for awhile in this space that Republicans can only throw good money after bad in Colorado for so long before strategic realities force some tough decisions.

It would appear that the end is near here.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    There's just too many better ways to spend the money than Cory. I agree.

  2. davebarnes says:

    That they feel the need to spend money in Montana is amazing.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    But there was that poll which showed Cory was only 6% behind Hick.  Doesn't that mean he's competitive????   Jon Caldara insisted it was a real race. 


    • Duke Cox says:

      Corys' ads are really good. Along with the ads about the Ethics Commission, we are seeing them in the GJ market almost non-stop. Fluff pieces depicting Cory as a hands on, hard working Senator are almost a daily occurrence on our broadcast TV stations.

      From Hick…so far…crickets. My guess is his campaign has abandoned this market. He will lose handily here, in the Red lands, under any circumstances.


      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Nothing personal, Duke, but the votes are on the Front Range and in the ski counties.

        I suspect there will be some pro-Hick stuff going on in your area by next month. 

        I still want to know how much money Unite Colorado is getting from the Gardner campaign for their “anti-corruption” ads.

        • Duke Cox says:

          Oh…I don’t take it personally, CHB. I have been around here since 1973. It isn’t my fault, and I don’t take it as such. One of the scarcest of God’s creatures in western Colorado is an elected Democrat. It was ever thus.

          I stick around here only to cause trouble for the Oily Boyz and their GOP employees. No…honestly I love it here. Too many reasons to list, and there is still so much to see. I mean, as long as I have been around here (47yrs.), I still haven’t had the time to visit the nice part of Clifton.

          Now that I am retired, maybe soon.

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            Duke: the title of this post is “The Beginning of the End.”

            Do you remember “Funky Nassau,” done in 1971 by the band with this same name? “Funky” was kind of a reggae or ska song. It was later covered by the Blues Brothers and Santana, among others.

            • Duke Cox says:

              1971 was a time I don't recall all that well. I was in college…let's leave it at that.

              It's a good tune, I may have heard it, but, as I say, don't remember it. It evokes two things in me. I notice the statement of cultural pride in the lyrics, and the naming of towns brought "the Heart of Rock and Roll" by Huey Lewis to mind.


    • MADCO says:

      Caldera should write the checks then.
      Has he ever been right?

  4. JeffcoDemo says:

    Does this mean that sooner rather than later I can watch the History Channel in peace?  I always chuckle when I see the targeting of those ads.  Preaching to the old white guy choir for the most part. Isn't the idea to change voter's minds?  Waste away our tiny senator, waste away.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      But it makes him look competitive and he doesn't have to do any you know actual work to help any Coloradans get through this nightmare scenario.  He's gaining just look at all the ads.

  5. 2Jung2Die says:

    But if Buck rides off into the sunset as another diary here is suggesting, and redistricting doesn't make whatever becomes of CD-4 too competitive, Cory might be able to go back to the House for many moons!

  6. skeptical citizen says:

    Hope Cardboard Cory will be donated to the Colorado Republican Party

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