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TV Ad War Heating Up Ahead of Oregon Special (VIDEO)

Three days into the new year, the Portland airwaves are beginning to crowd with ads for Oregon’s 1st district special election.

Republican Rob Cornilles and the group EMILY’s List both launched new ads today, joining the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was on the airwaves with ads for at least two weeks in December.

Cornilles’ new ad is his second since the primary and first since a public poll last month found him down 11 points to Democrat Suzanne Bonamici. The campaign paid about $100,000 for the ad, according to the Rothenberg Political Report, and paints Bonamici as a liberal with no record of job creation.

“We have to focus on bipartisan solutions that create jobs,” said Cornilles, who has played up his willingness to work across the aisle on Capitol Hill.

Cornilles has praised Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ran a primary ad strikingly similar to one once aired by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). His latest ad contrasts him as a “job creator” with Bonamici, a “liberal politician.”

EMILY’s List, which backs Democratic women that support abortion rights, aimed to unmask the “real” Cornilles with its first ad of the race. A “low six-figure buy,” according to a spokeswoman, the ad uses a clip of Cornilles from his 2010 campaign against former Rep. David Wu (D) in which he touts support from a group that opposes abortion rights.

“During his last campaign, tea party politician Rob Cornilles bragged about his support from a pro-life group,” the ad’s announcer says. “Rob Cornilles — wrong then, wrong now.”

The DCCC has also contrasted Cornilles’ 2010 messaging with his special election rhetoric. The DCCC, which has reserved more than $1 million in TV airtime, had spent $486,000 through Dec. 21, according to Federal Election Commission records.

A Republican source tracking the DCCC’s advertising said the committee reserved another $211,000 in Portland for this week, bringing its total reservation to close to $1.3 million.

Ballots in the all-mail election will begin to be distributed Jan. 13, with all ballots due by Jan. 31.

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