McConnell-aligned group pushes for conservative Supreme Court nominee in campaign ad

A group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-Ky.) has launched an ad campaign centered on the looming Supreme Court vacancy in states where Democratic senators are up for reelection.

One Nation published its first batch of advertisements on Thursday urging voters to tell their Democratic senator to support President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced Wednesday that he intends to retire effective July 31 after 30 years on the bench.

“Our freedom hangs in the balance, but the far-left will stop at nothing to block President Trump’s choice,” the ad warns.


Politico reported that the ads will air in Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin -- all states where a Senate Democrat is seeking reelection.

Vulnerable incumbents such as Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Ex-Rep. Akin dies at 74 Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (Mo.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampVirginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Washington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight MORE (N.D.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (Ind.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden faces new pressure from climate groups after Powell pick Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one MORE (W.Va.) will likely face pressure to vote for Trump’s nominee in order to garner support from moderate constituents.

Kennedy's retirement provides Trump with the chance to nominate another conservative justice, further altering the judicial landscape for years to come.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that he plans to begin the search for a replacement "immediately," adding that the pick will come from the previously announced White House list of 25 candidates.