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Candidates fighting over Sanders campaign ad

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 21:04:23-05

Two Nevada congressional hopefuls are in a spat over a new campaign ad supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Democratic State Sen. Ruben Kihuen's campaign is accusing fellow congressional candidate Lucy Flores of illegally coordinating with the Sanders campaign in a new television ad currently airing in Nevada.

The two are running in the contentious Democratic primary for Congressional District 4, which includes North Las Vegas and stretches across Southern Nevada.

The ad, called "Lucy," features the former state Assemblywoman detailing part of her life story and why she supports Sanders for president.


Kihuen's campaign manager, Dave Chase, said in a statement that the ad is mostly about Flores and should either be considered an in-kind donation to her campaign or is a violation of federal campaign rules governing candidate coordination.

"Flores has once again played it fast and loose with campaign finance laws," Chase said in a statement, and called for the ad to be taken down.

The Flores campaign didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

Flores endorsed Sanders earlier in January. Kihuen, along with fellow candidates Susie Lee and John Oceguera, have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.