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 MesserYoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office Indiana New Members 2019 MORE and Todd RokitaTheodore (Todd) Edward RokitaFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations House passes year-end tax package Indiana New Members 2019 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) ManchinDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate MORE (W.Va.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.) are defending seats in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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: Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule | Negotiators running out of time to avert shutdown | Trump nominates World Bank critic as its next chief Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule Supreme Court should do what Congress won’t: Rein in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection MORE, who's the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.