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Liberal super PAC launches ads targeting vulnerable GOP senators over SCOTUS fight

A prominent liberal super PAC is launching a new digital ad blitz targeting vulnerable Republican senators over the new Supreme Court fight gripping Washington following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Pelosi rips McConnell in new book: He's an 'enabler of some of the worst stuff' MORE.

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The ads, obtained exclusively by The Hill, work to highlight remarks the senators made in 2016 when Republicans, led by McConnell, declined even to hold a confirmation hearing for Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees MORE, Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia after his death that February.

“I think this nominee should be chosen by the American people. The will of the American people should be heard, the next president should make that determination of who our next justice of the Supreme Court should be,” Gardner said in a 2016, comments featured in the ad against him, followed by text reading, “He’s preparing to break that promise.”

In his own 2016 remarks, featured in the South Carolina ad, Graham said, "I want you to use my words against me. We’re setting a precedent here today, Republicans are, that in the last year that you’re not going to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court."

The ad campaign is the latest sign Democrats are preparing to go on offense as Republicans look to confirm a nominee from Trump prior to inauguration day in January.

McConnell appeared to lock up the necessary votes needed for the GOP to overcome the 50-vote threshold in the Senate after Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPersonal security costs for anti-Trump lawmakers spiked post-riot The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden to Putin: Tough sanctions, straight talk Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats MORE (R-Utah), seen as the last of a small handful of potential swing votes, announced he would be open to confirming a Supreme Court pick this year.

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Several other groups have rolled out ad blitzes against senators in the hopes that Democratic voters will be fired up over the Supreme Court vacancy this cycle, whereas GOP voters have been more enthused over judiciary appointments in past election years.

“A Supreme Court vacancy less than seven weeks before Election Day has dramatically raised the stakes in an already pivotal election for this country’s future,” American Bridge President Bradley Beychok said in a memo shared with The Hill. “A woman’s right to choose, voting rights, environmental protections and policies that level the playing field for working families all hang in the balance.”

“There will be no stone left unturned and nowhere for Republicans to hide. We will take the fight to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans, and any nominee they attempt to force through before the American people have had their say.”