Freshman Democrats face new type of political ad scrutiny as members with voting records

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House Republicans have only a narrow path back to the majority they lost in 2018, needing to net about 20 seats in a political environment that broadly favors Democrats.

But their strategy for trying to do so is becoming clear, with first-term House Democrats as the focuses of upcoming negative ads online, television, radio, and other formats. The spots attack backgrounds and voting records of the freshmen lawmakers in an effort to prevent voters from gaining favorable impressions of them.

Republican campaigns, organizations, and super PACs dropped numerous campaign ads this week to grab voters’ attention in the final weeks of the election cycle and bring to light their opponents’ faults.

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