The National Rifle Association has begun airing TV ads backing Thom Tillis and two other Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado (running against Sen. Mark Udall) and Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton (opposing Sen. Mark Pryor).
The ads are identical, featuring a diverse mix of people with guns, except for individual candidates’ sections spliced into each audio. The Tillis ad says he “passed the most comprehensive Second Amendment protections in state history” and would “stand up against President Obama’s extreme gun-control agenda.”
The spots by the NRA Political Victory Fund will cost $1.4 million in North Carolina, and are part of an $11.4 million national fall ad campaign the organization has reserved, according to Politico. The Triangle market will see the heaviest concentration of the commercials, and the rest will be in the Triad, according to Politico.
The North Carolina ad – like the Arkansas ad – doesn’t mention the incumbent. So North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign put out a statement saying Tillis’ ad “completely ignores Kay’s strong support of the Second Amendment,” citing several examples of bills she’s vote on that would lessen gun restrictions in some cases.