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EXCLUSIVE: The political advocacy group Heritage Foundations is making a big investment in the upcoming legislatures, pouring money into states where congressional Republicans have raised concerns about the quality of the candidates.
Heritage Action for America’s super PAC, the Sentinel Action Fund, is spending $5 million in Arizona and $1 million in Georgia to boost the candidacies of two candidates who have fallen out of favor with nationally elected Republicans.
That spending is complemented by Heritage Action itself, which exclusively told Fox News Digital it has spent $1.8 million on voter engagement in Nevada and New Hampshire. Both states have high-profile Senate and House races this year that could determine which party holds power in Congress.
“There are conservative candidates and conservative policies at stake,” said Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action. “Let’s do it and win again a [congressional] mostly for the right reasons and, frankly, with the right people.”
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Arizona is where Heritage’s super PAC has made its largest investment. More than $5 million is being spent to bolster Blake Masters, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate.
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Instead, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC closely aligned with Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced last month that it was cutting nearly $8 million in ads it had booked on Arizona on Election Day.
“We think he has a real chance. We think this race is winnable,” Anderson said of the Masters. “We think other conservative and Republican establishment groups should go back to Arizona, take a second look at the state and realize what’s at stake.”
Masters, who trails his Democratic opponent in fundraising, told Fox News Digital that conservative voters in Arizona were starting to question why national Republicans weren’t more involved in his race.
Outside of Arizona, Sentinel is spending $1 million to boost GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia. The super PAC is also running nearly $1 million worth of negative ads against Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire over high gas prices.
In each of those states, national Republicans have expressed concern in recent months about their chances of success. Candidates like Walker and Masters trail incumbent Democrats in polls and fundraising.
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As of July, Masters had raised $4.8 million to Kelly’s more than $52 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Walker has raised nearly $20 million compared to more than $60 million for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
“I think there’s probably a greater chance that the House will be reversed than the Senate,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told a hearing last month in his home state of Kentucky. “Senate races are different, they’re statewide. The quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome.”