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GOP congressional committee cancels ad reservations in key House race in Ohio


The Republican National Congressional Committee is canceling all ad bookings in Ohio’s 9th congressional district, according to CNN ad tracker AdImpact, in a sign Republicans are losing faith in JR Majewski’s controversial bid to unseat the Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

The committee had planned to spend more than $700,000 on the Northwest Ohio race, according to the ad tracker, but cut those bookings just days after The Associated Press reported Majewski misrepresented his service military. The report appears to have been the final straw for a candidate who attended the January 6, 2021 rally and repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material, although he denied following the conspiracy theory bandwagon.

Majewski responded to the cancellations at a news conference Friday, asking reporters to ask the committee why it had cut its planned spending. Majewski also pushed back with the AP reporting that he misrepresented his military service, saying he “often flies into combat zones, particularly in Afghanistan” and that “anyone who insinuates that I did not serve in Afghanistan is lying.”

A spokesperson for the NRCC did not respond to a request for comment.

With Democrats slim in the House, the race between Majewski and Kaptur is key in this year’s midterm battle for control of the chamber.

Majewski unexpectedly won the Republican primary in the newly drawn district earlier this year, beating several Republicans, and more, in the process. He achieved Republican notoriety for his unwavering support of former President Donald Trump, including painting his lawn into a 19,000 square foot Trump 2020 sign. He then appeared in rapper MAGA Forgiato Blow’s song “Let’s Go Brandon Save America,” rapping a verse decrying “woke” politics after his campaign launch.

Majewski also said he raised between $20,000 and $25,000 to get people to Washington around the “Stop the Steal” rally, but says they “went there to peacefully support the president.”

Democrats cheered Majewski’s primary victory, seeing him as a weaker general election candidate against Kaptur, who has been in office for nearly 40 years and was widely seen as one of the country’s most vulnerable Democrats after his district was redesigned to be more Republican.

Kaptur has tried to focus her race on her ties to the region, telling CNN’s Dana Bash that being a Midwestern Democrat in an increasingly run party with big-city sensibilities on both coasts is a growing challenge for she.

“What people on the coast, God bless them, don’t understand is that we’ve lost our middle class,” Kaptur said. “We have lost so many people who have worked hard all their lives, including in many of these small towns. I understand that. We feel their pain. We went through it together. »

Trump, who backed Majewski, praised the congressional candidate at a recent rally in Ohio.