Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (R) touts his Alaska roots in his newest TV ad, pushing back against attacks that he's a carpetbagger.
Sullivan grew up in Ohio, moved to Alaska when the two got married, then left for a stint in the Bush administration before returning to the state late last decade. Both Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (D-Alaska) and Sullivan's primary opponent, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R), have accused him of being a carpet-bagger, and a super-PAC backing Begich has aired many TV ads attacking his credibility as an Alaskan.
The ad signals that Sullivan's campaign still sees those attacks as a threat and is looking to respond by boosting his positive image and show he's an authentic local.