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Democratic group launches ad campaign linking Donald Trump to House Republicans

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 03:04:08-04

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a national advertising campaign aimed at linking House Republican hopefuls, including several in Nevada, to controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The group announced early Thursday that it will launch a seven-figure national television and digital ad campaign next week that will overlap with the Republican National Convention from July 18-21.

DCCC plans to air ads in Nevada, where it has targeted Republican Congressman Cresent Hardy and the state's open 3rd Congressional District as potential Democratic pickup opportunities. Information on the total size of the ad buy in Nevada wasn't immediately available, but the group said it will air on national news networks and target independent women over the age of 25.

One of the ads compares House Republicans supporting Trump to a "bully's sidekick," and another asks "If your Republican representative supports Trump, should they be supporting you?"

"House Republicans, including Cresent Hardy, have allowed a man who freely attacks people and intentionally divides our nation to be their standard-bearer without lifting a finger to stop him,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan said in a statement. 

Hardy, who represents a district that leans Democratic in voter registration, tepidly said he'll support Trump in May.  Republican Danny Tarkanian, the party's nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, has more openly embraced Trump and introduced the businessman at a recent Las Vegas rally.