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BY: Haris Alic
A super PAC linked to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) is making a last-minute investment in Mississippi to bolster Mike Espy, the Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. Senate, ahead of the Nov. 27 special election runoff.
Senate - Majority - PAC - Schumer - Confidant
Senate Majority PAC, which is run by a noted Schumer confidant and committed to boosting Democrats in the upper chamber, made its first and to-date only ad buy in Mississippi on Thursday—totaling more than $507,000, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
A staff member for the Schumer-aligned super PAC told the Washington Free Beacon the total expenditure would be spent on launching an ad attacking incumbent Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for accepting campaign donations from the insurance industry.
Ad - Style - Tone - PAC - Senate
The ad, which is similar in style and tone to attacks the PAC leveled against other Republican Senate candidates this election cycle, will run statewide across Mississippi's media markets. It fails, however, to note that Espy himself has accepted more than $55,000 from individuals affiliated with the health care industry.
It is unclear if the ad will continue running through Nov. 27. Senate Majority PAC did not respond to follow-up requests.
Investment - Heels - Nov - Election - Remainder
The investment comes on the heels of the Nov. 6 special election held to determine who will fill the remainder of former Republican senator Thad Cochran's term, which is scheduled to end in 2020.
Espy, who previously served in the Clinton administration as secretary of agriculture before resigning under a cloud of ethical and financial impropriety, took second place in the special election with more than 40 percent of the vote. The Democrat was only two points behind Hyde-Smith, who was appointed upon Cochran's retirement in March. Another Republican candidate, state senator Chris McDaniel, came in third with slightly more than 16 percent.
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Since no candidate received more than 50 percent of...
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