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Amanda Curtis Releases First TV Ad Of Campaign

Both Montana U.S. Senate candidates released brand new campaign ads today.

But with less than three weeks to go before election day, and absentee ballots already in the mail, this morning’s ad from Democratic candidate Amanda Curtis is only her first since announcing her candidacy back on August 16th.

The Montana state representative’s first ad doesn’t address any specific political issues. Instead Curtis emphasizes her message of being a voice for the average Montana worker.

The new Curtis ad says, "we all know that it’s not people like us who get to make the decisions in Washington D.C. The only way to change Washington, is to elect folks who know what it’s like when times are tough."

The former high school teacher replaced current U.S. Senator John Walsh on the democratic ticket, after he resigned from the race when it was discovered he plagiarized a thesis for his master’s degree from the Army War College.

Curtis has raised more than $500,000 in two months, after starting out with just over $2,000 in funds. Her campaign has caught the attention of a few national outlets, like the Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan magazine. But her visibility pales in comparison to her opponent, Republican Steve Daines.

Screen capture from a new Daines ad.

Daines' latest ad, released just this afternoon, emphasizes his record on public lands.

The ad claims Daines, "passed bipartisan legislation to protect pristine areas around Glacier national park. Steve Daines is defending our Montana way of life and getting results.”

The two-year Congressman has a 10-month head start in his campaign for the senate seat, and is considerably better funded. Daines’ campaign has released at least 24 campaign ads on TV, radio and social media over the last 11 months.

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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