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August 13, 2008

Obama On Air For Gregoire

Barack Obama has weighed in with his third advertisement in support of a down-ballot candidate, cutting a radio ad for Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. The ad, paid for by Gregoire's campaign, comes a week before Washington's primary.

Gregoire, locked in a tight race with 2004 opponent Dino Rossi, is "a Governor who's already making the kind of changes we need to bring to rest of the country," Obama says in the ad.

Obama's record when backing down-ballot candidates is pretty good this year. The Illinois Democrat previously cut a television ad for Rep. Bill Foster, who won a special election in March, and a radio spot for Georgia Rep. John Barrow, who easily won a contested primary last month.

Not everyone is thrilled with Obama's backing the first-term Democrat. The Republican Governors Association put out a release just after the ads began running slamming the association between the two, questioning Obama's backing over a host of supposed scandals Evergreen State Republicans have tried to pin to Gregoire.

Seems the RGA, too, is on the message bandwagon: "Gregoire's desperate and thinks Obama's celebrity status can distract voters from her record," executive director Nick Ayers said in a statement. "But no celebrity can undo the damage she's done to Washington."

Washington state is Republicans' most promising gubernatorial pickup opportunity this year after Gregoire won in 2004 by just 130 votes. Still, every public poll has showed the incumbent leading, if only by slim margins. And no matter what the GOP says, Gregoire's association with Obama in an increasingly left-leaning state can only be a positive for her campaign; Obama won Washington's February 9 caucuses by a huge margin, and he's a big favorite to take the state's electoral votes in November.

Full script of the radio ad below the jump.