GOP super PAC launching August ad blitz

GOP super PAC launching August ad blitz
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The top super PAC supporting Senate Republicans announced Wednesday it is launching an August advertising blitz across five states as the GOP plays defense in the battle over the Senate majority.

The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), an outside group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments MORE (R-Ky.), said it will air more than $21 million in television and radio ads across Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina. The ads will start airing Aug. 12 in all of these states except Arizona, where the blitz will hit on Aug. 18. 

The effort marks an early start for the SLF in the fight to retain GOP control of the Senate, which is in peril due to a slate of well-funded Democratic challengers to Republican incumbents in those five states and elsewhere. The super PAC had already reserved ads to run across the country starting after Labor Day and traditionally waits until then to mount its final advertising offensive.

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However, the GOP is ramping up its efforts to protect the Senate as strong second-quarter fundraising totals for Democratic challengers and a string of polls showing competitive races raise alarm bells over the prospect of a complete a Democratic takeover of Washington in November. 

All five states are home to vulnerable Republican incumbents in contests The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates as either “lean” Democrat or “toss up.”

As part of the new ad buy, the SLF will spend $6.6 million in Georgia, $6.1 million in Montana, $4.1 million in Iowa, $2.6 million in North Carolina and $1.9 million in Arizona through Defend Arizona, an affiliated organization. 

SLF President Steven Law said the ad blitz will put pressure on Democrats in the targeted races and alluded to Democrats' failed efforts to boost Kansas conservative firebrand Kris Kobach, who lost the state’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday. 

“The decisive defeat of [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish MORE’s [D-N.Y.] candidate in the Kansas Republican primary last night was just the start of a relentless battle against the progressive left’s Senate takeover plan,” he said in a statement. “Now we’re about to make this the hottest August on record for Democrat Senate candidates who have all sworn allegiance to Chuck Schumer’s radical agenda.”

The SLF's ads were first reported by Politico.

The ad campaign comes as several other outside groups flex their financial muscle in key contests. One Nation, a group aligned with the Senate Leadership Fund, also launched ads this week in all five of these states and more, and top Democratic groups, including Senate Majority PAC, have ads up in a number of states this month.