Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan released his latest TV ad on Monday, a 30-second spot highlighting his military service and pushing the message that the state "needs a fighter again."
The 30-second spot, running on broadcast stations, never mentions Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. But the incumbent's photo is briefly plastered on screen alongside President Barack Obama.
"As a Marine, I learned that talk is cheap and results are what matter. But that’s not how they operate in Washington," Sullivan says as the two Democrats' photos appear.
Sullivan, a former state attorney general and commissioner of Natural Resources, is facing Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and attorney Joe Miller in the Aug. 19 Republican primary. But with both his opponents struggling to raise significant money, Sullivan's focus is clearly set on Begich.
The race is rated Tilts Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.