The Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump group, launched a $ 4 million ad purchase on Wednesday targeting Senate contests in Maine, Alaska and Montana.
The purchase, which was first reported by Axios, will be issued for seven to 10 days in key markets in all three states.
The ads in Alaska and Maine express support for challengers to current Republican incumbent Sens. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines Exclusive: Poll Shows Pressure On Vulnerable Republican Senators To Back State And Local Aid Against Coronavirus 100 Days: Democrats See Clear Path To Senate Majority Ivanka Trump Visits Rocky Mountain Park After the approval of the conservation bill MORE (Mont.) And Dan sullivanDaniel Scott Sullivan Energy Overnight: Official Says Protesters Weren’t Removed From Lafayette Square By Trump | Trump Administration Criticizes Banks Refusing To Fund Arctic Drilling | Coal production in 2019 reached the lowest level since 1978 The Trump administration criticizes banks that refuse to finance drilling in the Arctic Rubio mistakenly tweets tribute to Lewis with a photo of the late Elijah Cummings MORE (Alaska). The places are called “Real” in Alaska and “Strong” in Montana. The group backed Democrat Al Gross in their announcement in Alaska ahead of the state’s Democratic and Independent primaries on August 18.
Meanwhile, in Maine, the group is airing an advertisement titled “Trump Stooge,” which is addressed to the current Republican senator. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins follows Democratic rival in 5 points: Survey Rising gold casts doubt on dollar reserve status: Goldman Sachs Exclusive: Poll shows pressure on vulnerable Republican senators to back state and local aid against the coronavirus MORE.
“We are entering the active phase of the fall campaign when voters, trapped at home due to COVID-19, tune in earlier than ever,” group communications director Keith Edwards told Axios.
The National Republican Senate Campaign committee hit the group over the announcements in a statement Wednesday, specifically targeting Collins’ opponent, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D).
“This Democratic scam PAC is run by shady and ethically scammed scammers backed by liberal billionaires. Like the candidate they are seeking to help, Democrat Sara Gideon, this PAC has struggled with rampant hypocrisy, unethical behavior and ties to foreign governments, “said NRSC spokesman Nathan Brand.
“Gideon must answer for how he can accept the support of an organization with these troubled ties to the Russians, while his campaign depends on political donations from a corporate executive linked to Putin. Mainers knows that Senator Susan Collins is the most bipartisan member of the United States. Senate, and your leadership has helped deliver for Maine. ”
The Collins campaign promoted what they called the senator’s bipartisan record in Congress in a statement to The Hill.
“Senator Collins is literally the most bipartisan member of Congress, and Georgetown University’s Place Center called it the ‘Gold Standard’ for bipartisanship,” said Riley Ploch, spokesperson for the Collins campaign.
“In stark contrast, this ad is a perfect example of how Sara Gideon is running her campaign: dodging debates, hiding in Chuck schumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer says the Republican Senate coronavirus bill is “selling to working families.”‘windowless basement, and let billionaire Democratic donors post attack ads to your account.’
The Hill has also gotten closer to the Sullivan and Daines campaigns.
The ads appear when Daines and Collins face tough contests in their reelection bids.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the Montana Senate race, where Daines faces the Governor. Steve BullockSteve Bullock Exclusive: Poll Shows Pressure On Vulnerable Republican Senators To Back Aid From State And Local Coronavirus To Democrats Left Radical, And Other Useful Myths Democrats Call For Expedited Hearing For Trump Nominee For Public Land MORE (D), like a “shake”. In Maine, the website also calls the race a “shake-up.”
The Cook Political Report moved the Alaska Senate race from “solid Republican” to “likely Republican” last month. Four candidates, including Gross, are running in the state’s Democratic and Independent primaries.
Updated at 11:07 am