The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads in Florida, Missouri, Hawaii and Ohio as Democrats struggle to hold Senate seats and their slim majority. The Republican-friendly lobbying group is also targeting 17 House races from New York to Minnesota....
The chamber declined to say how much it will spend in this round of advertising. Ad buys earlier this year in eight Senate races and 12 House races was estimated at $10 million.....
In Florida, two-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has raised more than $9 million while his Republican foes, Rep. Connie Mack and former Sen. George LeMieux, have struggled in attracting significant donations for a state with 10 major media markets, including expensive Miami. The chamber advertising is certain to fill in the gap for the GOP which won’t settle on a nominee to challenge Nelson until Aug. 14.
“Obamacare will be a nightmare for seniors,” the ad says. “Did Bill Nelson consider the consequences when he cast the deciding vote for Obamacare? ... Call Bill Nelson and tell him to support the repeal of Obamacare.”
A Quinnipiac poll last week found that by a 51-38 percent margin, Florida voters want the Supreme Court to overturn the health care law.
Mark Wilson, president of Florida’s Chamber of Commerce, said they welcome the U.S. Chamber’s effort in the state six months before the election as the local chamber doesn’t get involved in congressional races.
“We know that this election is going to be about the future of our country,” Wilson said. “There’s a group of candidates who want us to be more like France, and there’s a group of candidates that want us to be more like free enterprise and like the United States used to be.”