Senate Ads: The Best and Worst

Last week we shared a hard-hitting ad in the race for Mary Landrieu’s Louisiana Senate seat, perhaps one of the greatest ever. And with the fight for the Senate going down to the wire, this cycle has seen some of the best (and worst) ads of all time.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears to have pulled ahead in his race against Alison Lundergan Grimes, and some believe this tear-jerking ad may be playing a key role in that reality.

Among the worst, as we reported weeks ago, was the ad campaign run by Democrat Senate candidate Mark Begich. It attempted to link his Republican opponent Dan Sullivan with the release of a convict who went on to rape and murder an elderly woman. The ad was quickly yanked but not before it contributed to a flagging reputation among voters for Begich, who continues to trail Sullivan in Alaska.

Republicans have had there own backfires. David Purdue, Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, has had a difficult time fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Michelle Nunn.

This ad campaign, in which he claimed that Nunn presided over an organization that contributed funds to terror groups, is a distortion of Nunn’s campaign memo detailing possible attacks against her. That Purdue’s race has been in question since may be attributed to a distaste in the voters’ mouths.