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The Re-emergence of the "Blank Check" Strategy?

The National Republican Congressional Committee is releasing a slew of new ads, a number of which tie a Democratic candidate to President Obama. But in the ad against Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall, in West Virginia's 3rd District, the final line could be read as a concession that the president will likely be reelected.

The ad's announcer says Rahall voted with Obama 94 percent of the time, ticking off several votes. "With Obama as President, we just can't count on Nick Rahall," the narrator concludes.

Over the weekend, we flagged a similar tactic was taking place in the Arizona Senate race: The Arizona GOP attacked Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona last week for holding a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., claiming he would be "a rubberstamp for President Obama's failed agenda."

As we noted Saturday, the House Republicans' "blank check" campaign in 1996 was widely seen as an attempt to keep the GOP House majority with an implied admission that Bob Dole was likely headed for a loss. Keep an eye on whether this tactic becomes more widespread in House and Senate races over the next 6 weeks.

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