Democrats target GOP candidates in North Carolina Senate, House races

The Senate Majority PAC is back on the North Carolina airwaves with a new ad attacking U.S. Rep. Ted Budd over his family seed company.

Budd, a Trump-endorsed Republican, is running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Cheri Beasley. Incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Burr is not seeking re-election, leaving an opportunity for Democrats to get a key pick-up in the evenly divided chamber as both parties eye a majority.

The ad, entitled “Screwed,” targets Budd’s family seed business.

“That company went bankrupt and rather than paying back the small farmers what they owed, Budd’s family repaid themselves instead, millions of dollars with interest,” a male narrator says in the 30-second spot.

“It was a major disaster for farmers,” the ad begins. “One grower said, ‘we were the little guy, we got screwed.’”

It’s the first television ad Senate Majority PAC, the top super PAC for Senate Democrats, has published in more than a month. Senate Majority PAC has also booked ads for the next two weeks ahead of the November election.

Meanwhile, the House Majority PAC is also out with an attack ad hitting the GOP nominee in the open race for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Bo Hines.

The ad, “Right Behind Him,” ties Hines to outgoing U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who lost his Primary race in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District to Chuck Edwards.

Edwards fell out of favor with the GOP in April after making comments that tied, without evidence, his own party to cocaine use and orgy parties. He also faced criticism for being stopped twice at airports for carrying a loaded gun and has been charged twice for driving on a revoked license.

The ad doesn’t touch on those issues, instead pointing to GOP views on abortion.

“Bo Hines wants to join extremist Republicans and ban abortion nationwide, making it a crime for women to seek essential health care even in cases of rape or incest,” a narrator says in the ad.

“Hines even supports laws that would punish women for seeking care and doctors for providing it.”

Hines faces Democrat Wiley Nickel in the November General Election.

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