Politics Lincoln Project targets Senate races in Alaska, Maine, Montana with $4M ad buy
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The Lincoln Project, a GOP anti-Trump group, on Wednesday launched a $4 million ad buy targeting Senate contests in Maine, Alaska and Montana.
The buy, which was, will air for seven to 10 days in key markets in the three states.
The ads in Alaska and Maine express support for challengers to Republican incumbent Sens. Steve Daines (Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska). The spots are dubbedand . The group endorsed Democrat Al Gross in its ad in Alaska ahead of the state's Democratic and independent primary on Aug. 18.
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Meanwhile, in Maine, the group is airing anwhich targets incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
"We're moving into the active phase of the fall campaign as voters, stuck at home because of COVID-19, tune in earlier than ever," the group's communications director Keith Edwards told Axios.
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign committee hit the group over the ads in a statement on Wednesday, taking aim specifically at Collins's opponent, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D).
"This Democrat scam PAC is run by ethically challenged and shady grifters who are backed by liberal billionaires. Like the candidate they seek to help, Democrat Sara Gideon, this PAC has struggled with rampant hypocrisy, unethical behavior, and ties to foreign governments," said NRSC spokesman Nathan Brand.
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"Gideon must answer for how she can accept the support of an organization with these problematic ties to Russians, while her campaign relies on political donations from a Putin-tied corporate executive. Mainers know that Senator Susan Collins is the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, and her leadership has helped deliver for Maine."
The Hill has reached out to the Collins, Sullivan and Daines campaigns.
The spots come as Daines and Collins face tough contests in their reelection bids.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the Montana Senate race, where Daines is facing off against Gov. Steve Bullock (D), as a "toss-up." In Maine, the website also rates the race as a "toss-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 primary.
Updated at 9:46 a.m.
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