"Senior Republican leaders have concluded that" Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) "is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators," the New York Times reports.
The decision to effectively write off Mr. DeWine’s seat, after a series of internal Republican polls showed him falling behind his Democratic challenger, is part of a fluid series of choices by top leaders in both parties as they set the strategic framework of the campaign’s final three weeks, signaling, by where they are spending television money and other resources, the Senate and House races where they believe they have the best chances of success."
Republicans are "now pinning their hopes of holding the Senate" on three states: Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. "Republicans also said they would run advertisements in New Jersey this week to test the vulnerability of Senator Robert Menendez, one of the few Democrats who appear endangered."
Enjoy your forced retirement, Mr. DeWine.