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Monday, October 24, 2016

Americans for Prosperity is expanding its reach in the 2014 midterm elections, with a new ad targeting Senator Mark Udall of Colorado.

The ad, which the Denver Post reports is backed by a nearly $1 million buy over the next three weeks in Denver and Colorado Springs, should look familiar: It is almost a carbon copy of attack ads that AFP has run in North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Hampshire, and other midterm battlegrounds.

The Koch brothers-backed “dark money” group may not win points for originality, but it is sending a strong signal that Republicans smell blood in the water in Colorado. Just a few weeks ago it appeared that Senator Udall would have a relatively easy re-election campaign against failed 2010 candidate Ken Buck, but U.S. Representative Cory Gardner’s late entrance into the race has Republicans feeling confident about their odds of stealing the seat. A week ago, the Republican National Committee hired 13 new staff members and added 12 new field offices in the state, clearly indicating its confidence that the party can give Udall a tough race.

The polls suggest that they are right. A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday finds Udall leading Gardner by just 42 to 40 percent, with 17 percent undecided. That tracks closely with a Rasmussen poll from last week, which had Udall up 42 to 41 percent.

Republicans need to gain a net six seats to win control of the Senate; given their incredibly favorable electoral map (Democrats must defend seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won in 2012), a victory in Colorado would almost guarantee a Republican majority.

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  • teeveedub

    “I don’t like political ads. That’s why I’m in one.”

  • brian199511

    Lying c*nt.

  • Buford2k11

    We know who Gardner is…the national media is over inflating Gardner’s appeal in the General election…the Koch boys corruption will be made an issue with him…Dark Money must die a horrible death…

  • howa4x

    If the democrats would stand there and fight toe to toe then the Koch bros will fade just like they did in the last presidential election. Move. On is leading the new fight. they are like the progressive marines. Now the rank and file has to follow.

    • STMBT

      the Democratic party has to make it a point to show that these people are hired to do these adds and will say anything that they are told to say. what the Democrats have to do is point out all the lies that the Republicans come up with. O Bama and the Democrats has to get some balls and call out these people, and put them on the defensive’

  • johninPCFL

    The Koch brothers are serious conservatives, harkening back to the good old days when Dad ran with the John Birch Society, and Uncle Karl ran Buchenwald.

    • Allan Richardson

      In their case, “conservative” is a euphemism for …

    • ThomasBonsell

      Daddy Koch also created the vast wealth the brothers inherited by selling oil to the Third Reich and to Joe Stalin.

  • Jim Myers

    This ad has been targeting Senator Hagen in North Carolina for quite a while.

    It must be effective, because the Koch heads keep running it over and over again.

    The biggest problem is that there are so many people who believe it.

    They don’t seem to care about the millions of people who were uninsurable, or are working for a boss who gleefully destroys reputations, or cannot afford an insurance policy that actually has usable coverage.

    The real irony is that the people who vote for the Koch acolytes are actually voting for the people who will destroy their ability to have insurance, if they win.

    I certainly hope the Koch brothers are paying her plenty of money.

    30 pieces of silver really doesn’t seem like it is enough.