KS-03: On Sunday, The Hill reported that the NRCC had canceled the $1.2 million in TV time it still had reserved to defend GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, with an unnamed source indicating it was because Team Red was feeling pessimistic about this suburban Kansas City seat. Yoder tried to put on a brave face and noted that the NRCC was still doing a coordinated ad buy for him. However, the NRCC says that buy is just for $95,000.
However, Yoder isn't being left to fend for himself against Democrat Sharice Davids, or at least, not yet. The Hill reports that the well-funded conservative super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund still has $750,000 reserved for this seat. However, the group has already spent $1.8 million against Davids, and that may not have done her enough damage. A recent Siena poll gave Davids a 51-43 lead, and while we thought that was too good to be true at the time, the NRCC's actions indicate that they're also seeing bad numbers.
The NRCC's move was unexpected, but there were signs that Yoder was worried about this fate. Just before Labor Day, Politico reported that Yoder was complaining to his allies that the committee wasn't doing enough to help him. But hey, at least he still has that sweet $95,000 coordinated ad buy!