The ad war is officially on in Missouri's gubernatorial race.
Both candidates have targeted their opponents in negative ads this week, as the Republican Governors Association poured $1.1 million into businessman Dave Spence's campaign Tuesday.
Spence struck first with a television ad Tuesday that tied Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to President Obama -- the ad's narrator says Nixon "pushed Obama's failed stimulus on Missouri," and concludes, "Barack Obama and Jay Nixon: They've failed Missouri, together."
Nixon's campaign hit back Thursday, launching a television ad that brings up an attack that Spence's opponents have used frequently over the course of the race: That a bank whose board Spence sat on took TARP funds -- and hasn't paid them back.
"Now Spence is spending millions of dollars to run for governor," the narrator says. "Don't you think Dave Spence's bank should say us back before he runs for office?"
The Democratic Governor's Association has also invested heavily in the race. Missouri leans Republican, but Nixon remains favored in the governor's race.
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