By SARA CLINE Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With only seven weeks to go before the midterm elections, Louisiana’s likely favorites in the U.S. Senate race hope to reach more voters and get them to the polls on May 8. of November.
As Republicans struggle to maintain their slim majority in the US Senate, Kennedy ran an ad Tuesday morning touting his voting record, which he said includes bills to cut taxes, “ensure border” and “confront China”. ”
“You have to watch what people do, not just what they say,” says Kennedy, who is seeking a second term, in the 30-second video.
While Kennedy, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, entered the race closely followed as the likely front-runner, 12 other candidates hope to unseat him.
Among them is Mixon. The Louisiana native, backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a fellow Democrat, released an ad of his own on Tuesday. In it, Mixon highlights his experience as a fighter pilot who graduated from TOPGUN and says that he spent 20 years “fighting extremism around the world.”
“Now, I’m fighting extremism at home, running against Senator Kennedy,” Mixon said.
Mixon has repeatedly attacked Kennedy for his opposition to abortion and for being among the Republicans who refused to certify the results of the 2020 election in which Joe Biden defeated Trump to become president.
Notably, Mixon says in the announcement that if elected, he would vote to codify the landmark Roe v. Wade Act of 1973 that legalized abortion across the country and was struck down by the US Supreme Court this summer.
The challengers face an uphill battle against Kennedy, who last reported $15.8 million available in campaign funds. According to the most recent reports from the Federal Election Commission, Mixon has nearly $600,000 available.
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