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 RokitaBottom Line Lobbying world Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations 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) ManchinGeorge Floyd and the upcoming Texas Democratic Senate runoff Energy companies cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline Trump nominee faces Senate hurdles to securing public lands post MORE (W.Va.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (Ind.) are defending seats in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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 CordrayConsumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Supreme Court rules consumer bureau director can be fired at will MORE, who's the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.