Two groups leading the charge against Rick Nolan’s campaign to unseat 8th Congressional District Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack have launched new ads targeting the Democrat’s voting record in the 1970′s.
The first ad comes from the American Action Network, a group based in Washington, D.C. and co-founded by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman that has invested $780,000 in the Cravaack-Nolan race.
The American Action Network will spend about $100,000 on “Working Hard,” which will air in the Duluth media market and be accompanied by a web campaign, too, the group said in a press release.
The second ad targets Nolan for voting to increase lawmaker pay and for voting to raise the debt ceiling during his first tenure in the U.S. House. It comes from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has budgeted $1.2 million for ads in Minnesota through the election.
The Cravaack-Nolan race is one of the most competitive and expensive in the country. Recent polls show Nolan and Cravaack in a dead heat.