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Sherrod Brown’s Ohio Senate Race Target Of Most Third-Party Spending By Republicans

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NOTE: “Sherrod Brown is an important target this cycle, because his liberal, job-killing record is far outside the mainstream with voters in Ohio,” said Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Brown’s record of voting with President Obama 98 percent of the time — which includes voting for ObamaCare and the failed $825 billion stimulus — is why we believe he will be defeated next year.”

 

From the Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Democratic Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) may be soaking up national attention from progressives during the 2012 campaign season, but the GOP has its eye on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), whose race is attracting more third-party spending by Republicans than any other Senate contest.

Outside conservative groups not officially affiliated with the Republican Party have spent nearly $2.9 million on the Ohio Senate race, according to numbers compiled by a Senate Democratic campaign operative. Big spenders include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($1.5 million), the 60 Plus Association ($723,338), Crossroads GPS ($506,647) and Concerned Women for America ($200,077). Brown is the only candidate 60 Plus has targeted.

There has been no outside spending on Brown’s behalf by Democratic groups.

After Ohio, the Senate race with the highest amount of third-party spending from outside conservative groups is in Florida, which has seen more than $1.4 million pumped in, according to the same set of data. In that race, Rep. Connie Mack (R) and several other Republicans are vying for the chance to face Sen. Bill Nelson (D.).

Brown has a strong populist record, and the Washington Post has referred to him as “something of a modern-day Paul Wellstone,” referring to the late progressive Minnesota senator. He is being challenged by the 34-year-old Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who is known as a strong conservative and an aggressive fundraiser.

Recent polls show Brown maintains a comfortable lead on Mandel, but it’s clear that Republicans see the senator as vulnerable and sense an opportunity to pick up the key seat in 2012.

“Sherrod Brown is an important target this cycle, because his liberal, job-killing record is far outside the mainstream with voters in Ohio,” said Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Brown’s record of voting with President Obama 98 percent of the time — which includes voting for ObamaCare and the failed $825 billion stimulus — is why we believe he will be defeated next year.”

Republicans also point to the fact that Brown has been tied as the Senate’s most liberal member for the past two years, according to National Journal rankings.

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