May 26, 2016 9:49 AM

First on NH1 News: U.S. House Democrats political arm launches spots in NH-01

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – If you need more proof that New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District is one of the most closely watched and targeted swing districts in the country, here it is.

NH1 News has learned that the district is one of only 15 in the country where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch its first paid digital advertising campaign this cycle.

In the commercial, which is called “Building Blocks,” the DCCC makes the case that House Republicans have a lot in common with many of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposals and controversial comments.

The ad emphasizes what the DCCC terms “the reckless policies and positions that Donald Trump and House Republicans share,” with what the spot describes as “anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-women’s choice and healthcare positions.”

The DCCC says the 60 second and 30 second web ads will begin running online on Thursday. They say they’re spending five figures to run the spots for two weeks and that “many thousands” will be spent for the buy in New Hampshire.

The DCCC adds that the spots are being placed through ad networks that target female independent and female Republican voters in the 15 districts across the country.

The 1st CD has swung back and forth between the Democrats and Republicans the past three elections. In 2010, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter was ousted by Republican challenger Frank Guinta. Shea-Porter won the rematch in 2012 but Guinta beat her again in 2014.

Shea-Porter’s running again to reclaim her old seat. She’s facing off against first-time candidate Shawn O’Connor in the Democratic primary. Guinta’s being challenged by Bedford businessman Rich Ashooh in the GOP primary.

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