The National Republican Congressional Committee is canceling all of its ad reservations in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, according to CNN’s ad tracker AdImpact, a sign that Republicans are losing faith in JR Majewski’s controversial bid to become Democratic Rep. To depose 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 reserves just days after The Associated Press reported that Majewski misrepresented his military service. The report appears to have been the last straw for a candidate who was a rally attendee on January 6, 2021 and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material despite denying that he followed the conspiracy theory movement.
A spokesman for the NRCC did not respond to a request for comment. Majewski also did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
With the Democrats’ narrow majority 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 newly drawn district Republican primary earlier this year, defeating multiple, and more establishment Republicans, in the process. He rose to Republican prominence for his unwavering support of former President Donald Trump, including by painting his front lawn into a 19,000-square-foot Trump 2020 sign. He later appeared in the song “Let’s Go Brandon Save America” by MAGA rapper Forgiato Blow, rapping one verse that fired the “woke” politician after he launched his campaign.
Majewski has also said he raised between $20,000 and $25,000 to bring people to Washington for 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 most vulnerable Democrats in the country after her district was redrawn to be more Republican.
Kaptur has tried to focus her race on her ties to the area, telling CNN’s Dana Bash that being a Midwestern Democrat in a party that increasingly runs with big cities on both coasts is a growing challenge for her. .
“What coastal people, God bless them, don’t understand is that we lost our middle class,” Kaptur said. “We’ve 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’ve been through it together.”
Trump, who endorsed Majewski, praised the congressional candidate at a recent rally in Ohio.