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NRSC Ads Hit Red-State Dems on Taxes

The DSCC brought on a new field director.

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Kimberly Railey
April 9, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

The NRSC released new digital ads in the 10 Trump states where Senate Democrats face reelection, slamming the party for opposing the tax bill. The campaign, which consists of a 15-second Facebook ad and six-second YouTube bumper ad, is backed by a five-figure buy, and will also run in Nevada and Arizona. (release)

NEW HIRE. “Lauren Brainerd, who was most recently the campaign director for the Virginia Democratic Party, will be the DSCC’s new field director. ... Brainerd oversaw last year’s campaigns for statewide office in the Old Dominion, including the gubernatorial race. She also oversaw campaigns for the state House of Delegates.” (Roll Call)

LANDSCAPE OVERVIEW. “Republicans are increasingly worried they will lose control of the House in the midterm elections, furiously directing money and resources to hold and potentially boost their narrow majority in the Senate. To many, the Senate is emerging as a critical barrier against Democrats demolishing President Trump’s agenda beginning in 2019. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies are seeking to capitalize on concerns about the House. He is leading an effort to motivate conservative voters by reminding them that his side of the Capitol has the unilateral power to confirm federal judges and Trump administration nominees.” (Washington Post)

TRADE DYNAMICS. “Democrats see President Trump's escalating trade war with China as an opportunity that could help them win several Senate races in states where a trade fight would damage local economies. States that rely on agriculture could be hit particularly hard by retaliatory tariffs from China. That could give Democrats in states like North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — all of are represented by Senate Democrats up for reelection this year — a new argument to make against the president and his allies in Congress.” (The Hill)

In a tweet, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) wrote, “Escalating the potential of a trade war w/ China is reckless and it gambles the livelihoods of US farmers & ranchers across rural America. 60% of ND’s exports to China are agricultural products. China’s unfair trade policies need to be reined in but this isn’t the way to do it.” (Twitter)

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