Pro-Trump Group Targets Ad at Florida Women

Pro-Trump Group Targets Ad at Florida Women
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A pro-Donald Trump group is putting $500,000 behind a new television ad aimed at undecided female voters in Florida, a must-win state for the Republican nominee where polling has recently suggested a surge of momentum for his campaign.

The Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC will begin airing the spot in markets along the key I-4 corridor in Florida, which runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach and through Orlando. Both candidates and President Obama have recently campaigned in this bellwether swath of the Sunshine State.

The ad, titled “Questions,” is a follow-up to another spot released last month by the group. In this version, a young woman struggles to convincingly deliver a pro-Clinton message for a TV ad.

“‘Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy’?” she asks, unable to make a declarative statement. Ultimately, she gives up: “Stupid script,” she says.

Clinton has struggled throughout the election on the issues of honesty and trustworthiness. But this ad comes on the heels of the FBI reviving its investigation into her private email server amid the discovery of emails from her aide Huma Abedin on the computer of Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband who is under federal investigation for suggestive texts he exchanged with a minor.

“Our data indicates all voters — regardless of partisanship or ballot preference — are dissatisfied by Clinton’s corruption and untrustworthiness, and are moved off their support for Clinton when confronted with the realities of her dishonesty,” said Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for the group, which is bankrolled and now helmed by Rebekah Mercer, an influential GOP donor who has seized a prominent place in the Trump inner circle.

The fresh TV spending by Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC comes as Trump’s campaign announced this week that it would spend $25 million on a final ad blitz in 10 states that are tossups or leaning in Clinton’s favor, including Florida. But the Republican nominee has been vastly outspent on the airwaves by Clinton and her allies, and Trump also faces a fundraising disadvantage heading into the final week of the campaign.

In the latest RCP polling average for Florida, he holds a narrow lead of one percentage point.

Rebecca Berg is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at rberg@realclearpolitics.com.

 

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