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Conservative group launches ad campaign for Rep. Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate race

Conservative group launches ad campaign for Rep. Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate race
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a $400,000 ad campaign on Monday to boost Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallRepublicans grill Biden public lands agency pick over finances, advocacy Senate passes resolution urging probe into COVID-19 origins Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory MORE (R-Kan.) in the Kansas Senate primary.

Marshall is running to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 Lobbying world MORE (R-Kan.) in a crowded primary, which is set for August. The ad focuses on Marshall’s record helping veterans, including increasing access to STEM education and increasing opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Club for Growth had initially run attack ads against Marshall, but top Republicans including President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE have reportedly pressed it to change stance.

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“Respecting our veterans and renewing our economy thank Roger Marshall and ask him to keep fighting for our brave veterans,” the ad said. The ad will play in the Kansas City metro market, the Kansas City Star reported

The Chamber spent just under $1 million ahead of Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks MORE’s (R-N.C.) primary in March, but Marshall is the only non-incumbent GOP Senate primary it has spent money on.

Marshall’s top Republican rivals are former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration hard-liner who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018, and businessman Bob Hamilton. Plains PAC, a newly launched GOP group, launched a $3 million ad campaign attacking Kobach, according to the Kansas City Star. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the Kansas open seat as “lean Republican.”