The Lincoln Project, a super-party commission led by current and former Republicans against Trump, focuses on the US Senate race in Maine between Senator Susan Collins and her Democratic rival, Minsk House Speaker Sarah Gideon, with an expensive advertising campaign.
In an announcement launched online and on television Wednesday morning, the group targeted Collins as a “scam” controlled by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and considers it a failure to follow Maine̵7;s tradition of sending independent lawmakers to Washington.
“Susan Collins will never oppose Donald Trump. That’s why Maine is done with her weakness and excuses, “said the narrator’s advertisement, which did not mention her opponent.
The group, which was founded by several conservatives against Trump, including former New Hampshire Republican leader Jennifer Horn and George Conway, the husband of White House councilor Kellianna Conway, is spending $ 1 million on Collins’ advertising campaign, according to the Portland Press Herald.
“The Lincoln project joins at least 13 other groups funded by Democratic billionaires who tried to come to Maine and buy this Senate race with false advertising. The protagonists know Senator Collins, and they’ve shown time and time again that this type of DC-poisonous scorched earth policy doesn’t work in our state, “Collins’ campaign spokesman Riley Ploch said. Globe on Wednesday.” This ad is a great example. how Sarah Gideon is campaigning – evading debate, remaining hidden in Chuck Sumer’s basement, and allowing Democratic billionaire donors to launch advertising attacks on her. “
Despite being known for its formidable anti-Trump commercials, Lincoln’s project also targets a handful of vulnerable Republican senators for re-election in 2020. In April, he posted a video promising to help Collins, Sen. Corey Gardner of Colorado, Sen. Marty Maxali of Arizona, and Sen. Tom Tillis of North Carolina “on the road to forced retirement.”
The Super PAC also released an ad Wednesday, raising Democrat Al Gross’s bid to remove Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan and Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock’s campaign against Montana Republican Sen. Steve Dain. According to Axios, he spends $ 4 million on the campaign.
The purchase of advertising in Maine marks the latest infusion of funds into the most expensive campaign in the history of the state. In addition to the millions raised by Collins and Gideon, outside groups spend heavily on racing. According to the daily news Bangor, such groups have so far spent more than $ 16 million, mainly on television advertising.
Collins’ seat in Maine is one of several that Democrats are watching in November as they try to overthrow the Republican-controlled Senate, and a recent poll in Maine shows a tough race. A poll released by Colby College on Tuesday found Gideon leading Collins by five percentage points, 44% to 39%. The poll also found that only 15 percent of respondents said they believed Collins was “not connected to either party and independent.” It has an error of 3.9 percent.
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