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Christian group’s new ads target Dems

By JAMES HOHMANN The Faith and Freedom Coalition will announce Tuesday evening that it is launching a $500,000 radio ad campaign to increase evangelical and conservative turnout next week. The socially conservative group, led by Ralph Reed, will target 18 House and Senate races with the independent expenditure effort. At the top of its list is the Nevada Senate contest, where Republican Sharron Angle is trying to unseat Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group will also debut ads bolstering the Republican nominees in the tight Colorado and Washington Senate races. Incumbent House Democrats being targeted by the group are Ciro Rodriguez (Texas), Paul Kanjorski (Pennsylvania), Jerry McNerney and Loretta Sanchez (California), Tom Perriello (Virginia), Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall (Georgia), John Spratt (South Carolina), John Boccieri (Ohio), Allen Boyd and Ron Klein (Florida), John Salazar (Colorado), Leonard Boswell (Iowa) and Lincoln Davis (Tennessee). The group is also buying airtime in the open seat contest in Arkansas to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Marion Berry. That ad will back Republican Rick Crawford, who is trying to become the first GOP congressman to represent the rural district since Reconstruction. The 18 ads all encourage listeners to “Vote faith,” but include content specific to each district. A narrator juxtaposes the Democrat against the Republican, positioning the latter on the side of faith and freedom while linking the former with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “It’s us versus them,” the tagline of each ad says. The ads began airing Monday. Gregg Keller, the national executive director of the coalition, says in a fundraising solicitation set to be released Tuesday evening that the ads are part of a larger get-out-the-vote effort that also includes 16 million voter guides, 8 million pieces of voter-education mail and 10 million-plus phone calls.

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