The Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District has launched his first two television ads.
Jim Graves, a luxury hotel and restaurant developer, started running the ads on Wednesday, Sept. 19. A campaign spokeswoman said the ads, which cost $60,000, will run on all four Twin Cities television stations through Sept. 23.
The first ad is strictly biographical, introducing the St. Cloud native and founder of the AmericInn motel chain to voters. The second features workers from Sartell's Verso paper mill, who say Bachmann did not reach out to them after a fire that ultimately closed the mill.
The $60,000 spots are a nominal investment for television ads in the Twin Cities. But Bachmann's campaign has't released any yet.
Graves's internal polls show the race is tighter than expected, with Bachmann up 48 percent to 46 percent. But the congressional district is Minnesota's most conservative, friendly territory for the congresswoman.
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