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Former state tourism director Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) began airing his first TV ad in the 9th district this week, touting his conservative and agrarian stripes ahead of the Aug. 19 primary in the Show Me State.

“Just like this old shed, Congress is broken,” Luetkemeyer says as the ad opens. “It’s time we fixed it.”

The ad’s narrator then says that “Blaine Luetkemeyer has what it’ll take to change Congress. Blaine worked his way through college raising cattle … built a successful family business.”

“In the Missouri House, Blaine co- sponsored the sanctity of marriage amendment, was a leader for our Second Amendment rights,” the narrator continues. “And earned a 100 percent pro-life rating.”

Luetkemeyer’s campaign declined to provides specifics of the new advertisement, other than that it is a “significant district-wide buy.”

Luetkemeyer, who is footing his campaign’s tab this cycle, faces four other candidates in the GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R): former professional football player Brock Olivo, state Rep. Danie Moore, former state Rep. Dan Bishir and state Rep. Bob Onder, who also is self-funding his campaign.

Democrats have a crowded primary as well in the 9th district, and the general election could be competitive, though the district tilts to the GOP.

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