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April 16, 2014

Daily Ad Track

The flow of new ads has declined in the waning days of this campaign, but we saw some candidates release defensive, counter-ads after enduring brutal attacks. We also saw a strong closing biographical ad.

Here is what cut through the clutter today:

Missouri Senate 

Rep. Todd Akin (R) single-handedly spawned a new trend this year: Democratic ads featuring victims of sexual assault criticizing a Republican candidate.

He has been on the receiving end of such ads, and in a new spot his campaign released today, he used the same tactic in defense.

This new spot features a testimonial from a woman who says she has been a victim of sexual assault and has had an abortion. It was not clear whether this ad had any money behind it. Akin has struggled to raise money and this is a one-minute spot; it is not clear if this ad will air on television. The campaign did not respond to requests for that information.

Rhode Island 1 

Republicans have been merciless to Rep. David Cicilline (D) this cycle. GOP nominee Brendan Doherty and the National Republican Congressional Committee have aired ads referencing his time as a defense attorney and his unsavory clients. The Cicilline campaign has moved swiftly to retaliate each time — usually with a response ad up within a day of the GOP attack.

New Mexico Senate

Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) may increasingly be the underdog against Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), but she is closing out the race with a strong positive ad.

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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