Club for Growth, which had poured substantial amounts of cash to help fuel Bryan Smith's challenge to eight-term U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in the May 20 GOP primary, has reportedly turned off the spigot.
The Wall Street Journal's political blog Washington Wire reports that Club for Growth "appears to have given up hope Mr. Simpson can be defeated."
Blogger Brody Mullins writes that new data indicates that Club for Growth hasn't spent a dime on Idaho race television advertising in the past two weeks after flooding the market with anti-Simpson ads since February.
"We're in a constant state of assessing and reassessing our races, moving resources in and out—depends on the day or week," Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller told the Washington Wire. "We did move considerable resources into the Nebraska senate race in the last two weeks."
Mullins writes, "The development in Idaho is a big win for the incumbent, Mr. Simpson, as well as the Washington political groups that have been supporting his campaign."
According to advertising data reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, more than $600,000 from the Chamber of Commerce and "establishment organizations" has been spent on pro-Simpson ads in the last months, compared with just $230,000 in spending by groups opposing his re-election. Leading the way was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with nearly $400,000 in pro-Simpson advertising.