The Senate Majority PAC, the best Democratic super PAC in U.S. Senate competition, launched a major late investment in Texas, spending $ 8.6 million on television commercials supporting MJ Hegar’s candidacy to oust Republican Senator John Cornin.
The PAC will begin airing two anti-Cornyn commercials, one in English and the other in Spanish, on Friday, and they will continue on election day, according to details first shared with The Texas Tribune. Both 30-second spots take Cornin on a long-term stand against his Affordable Care Act, which includes protections for people with existing conditions.
The English ad cites a recent Cornyn ad in which he claims to support these protections, while the narrator says Cornyn is “lying about his health record.”
“John Cornin is leading the charge of repealing a law that protects people with pre-existing conditions,” the narrator said, referring to Cornin’s leading role in the Republicans in 2017 to repeal Obamacare. “John Cornin is a fraud who sold us out.”
Apart from the purchase of a TV set, Senat Majority PAC is also planning digital advertising in the home section of the race.
Cornyn was quick to respond to the news of the PAC offensive, writing on Twitter that it was “more dollars than my opponents, recruiters and donors in DC, NY and California.” Cornyn’s campaign later responded to the purchase of an ad with a statement accusing Hegar of hypocrisy when it came to big money in politics.
“Clearly, MJ’s campaign strategy is to win at all costs – even if it means selling Texas values to liberal donors outside the state,” said Cornyn spokeswoman Christa Pifer.
The PAC majority campaign in the Senate will begin with early voting, which is already underway. The period starts on Monday and lasts until October 30.
Polls continue to give Cornyn single-digit leads of various sizes, although there have been signs lately that the race is becoming more competitive. Hegar announced that she had raised $ 13.5 million in the third quarter, a huge improvement on her previous fundraising, and although Cornin has not yet shared her latest withdrawal, he admitted that she had crushed him financially.
Hegar “roughly overtook us 2 to 1 in the third quarter,” Cornin said in a radio interview with Lubok Chad Hasti in an interview Thursday.
Both the Cornyn campaign and the supporting super PAC have been on television in recent days, attacking Hegar for the first time. And on Tuesday, Cook’s non-partisan political report moved it to a race rating in favor of Hegar, shifting it from “Probable Republican” to “Lean Republican.”
The purchase of television marks the PAC’s first Senate majority spending this election cycle in Texas and comes as the group works to expand its battlefield nationally in the traditionally red states. Democrats need a net gain of four seats to gain control of the Senate – or just three if Joe Biden wins the presidential race.
Voting in Texas
When is the last day to register to vote?
The deadline for registration for voting in the general elections in 2020 is October 5. Check if you are registered to vote here. If not, you will need to complete and submit an application, which you can request here or download here.
When does early voting begin?
Early voting for the 2020 general elections will take place from 13 to 30 October. Voters can vote at any polling station in the county where they are registered to vote during early voting. Election day is November 3.
How will the vote be different because of the pandemic?
In general, polling stations will have guidelines for social distancing and regular cleaning. Several counties will offer ballot marking devices so that voters avoid contact with election equipment. Respondents are likely to wear face masks and other protective equipment, but masks will not be needed for voters.
How do I know if I qualify for a postal vote?
Texas is one of the few states that has not opened a postal vote to any voter concerned about receiving COVID-19 at a polling station. Here you can find eligibility requirements and view other questions about voting by mail.
Are the places for voting on election day the same as during the early voting?
Not always. You will want to check for open polling stations at your local election office before you go to the polls. In addition, you can confirm with your district election office whether voting on election day is restricted to places in your chosen area or whether you can vote at any polling station.
Can I still vote if I have COVID-19?
Yes. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, consider requesting an urgent mail vote or using a vote. Contact your district election office for more details on both options.
“Three weeks and John Cornin has a weaker reputation than Ted Cruz ever did,” said JB Poersch, chairman of the PAC of the Senate majority. during a global pandemic and when MJ Hegar ran a strong campaign focused on cutting their costs, she justified the Texans giving Cornyn the shoe in November. “
The Senate majority PAC also invested in the 2018 Senate race in Texas, when Beto O’Rourke reached 3 percentage points of the victory over Cruz. Following the election, it was revealed that a majority of the Senate majority was funding a pop-up super PAC, which spent $ 2.3 million on an 11-hour advertising blitz against Cruz.