Dem super PAC ramps up attacks following GOP primaries

Dem super PAC ramps up attacks following GOP primaries
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A Democratic super PAC launched new ads targeting GOP nominees in Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio, using the attacks leveled against those nominees by their opponents during their primaries.

American Bridge released the new digital ads a day after the Tuesday primaries in those states. The ads take on businessman Mike Braun, who won Indiana’s GOP Senate primary, and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who clinched the GOP Senate nomination in West Virginia.

The Indiana ad borrows attacks from Braun’s main rivals — Reps. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE and Todd RokitaTheodore (Todd) Edward RokitaLobbying world Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations House passes year-end tax package MORE — accusing the wealthy businessman of “trying to buy a Senate seat” and “saying anything to get elected.” The ad also features footage from a primary debate in which Braun’s opponents highlighted his vote to raise taxes while in the state legislature.

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In the West Virginia ad, the Democratic group used clips of one of Morrisey’s GOP opponents, Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsWest Virginia New Members 2019 Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race Trump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report MORE, attacking the attorney general for his ties to Washington lobbying groups and his New Jersey roots.

American Bridge is also launching a spot targeting Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who won the GOP nomination in the state's governor’s race. His rival, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, railed against him as a “career politician” and part of the “status quo establishment.”

“These nominees just survived bruising Republican primaries — and came away with their opponents’ damaging attacks still ringing in voters’ ears,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp. “If this is what fellow Republicans were willing to say about their nominees for senate and governor, how can any Republican trust them with their vote?”

Indiana and West Virginia's Senate races are top priorities for both parties.

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (W.Va.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Ind.) are defending seats in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE won by double digits in 2016.

Republicans are hoping to flip those seats to help expand their slim 51-seat majority.

The race to replace term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is also expected to be hotly contested. Ohio trended red in 2016, with Trump winning the state by 8 points.

DeWine will face off against his predecessor, Democrat Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayOn The Money: Tax, loan documents for Trump properties reportedly showed inconsistencies | Tensions flare as Dems hammer Trump consumer chief | Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE, who's the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.