Alaska Sen. Mark Begich hops back on a snowmachine in his latest TV ad, cruising across a frozen Arctic Ocean to highlight his efforts over the last five years to win approval for oil drilling.
It's the fourth ad from the first-term Democrat, who's stressing his Alaska roots and priorities as he runs in one of the most competitive races of the cycle. The spot is airing in Anchorage and Fairbanks on both broadcast and cable stations, according to the campaign.
"I’m Mark Begich — I fought for five years to get the permits so we could drill under this ice," Begich says in the ad. "And we won. I approved this message because sooner or later, Washington’ll figure out that I don’t take no for an answer." www.youtube.com/watch?v=MacCj2bCNYg
Begich will face one of three Republicans vying for the nomination. Former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan is the frontrunner against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and attorney Joe Miller, the party's nominee in 2010.
The race is rated Tilts Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.