WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican outside political group says it will spend more than $2 million in advertising in the coming weeks to tie Senate Democrats Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Americans for Prosperity says it will spend $1.7 million in North Carolina and $500,000 in Louisiana during the next three weeks on television ads critical of the two Democrats facing re-election next year, with an additional amount on radio and web ads. Republicans have several candidates competing in the primary in both states.
Separately, a Republican super PAC says it plans to spend more than $300,000 on TV ads in Kentucky opposing Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The Senate Conservatives Action ad says McConnell has let down Kentucky voters on the so-called “Obamacare” law. A group connected to the super PAC has endorsed businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary.
The ads show how PPACA could play a prominent role in next year’s midterm elections, both in Republican primaries and in the general election. Republicans need to gain six seats in the Senate to regain control.