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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. MarshallPat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Biden health nominee faces first Senate test Senate committee plans grid reliability hearing after Texas outages MORE (R-Kan.) in the Kansas Senate primary.

Marshall is running to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsLobbying world Pat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes 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 TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump 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.”