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‘Bless Her Heart’: NC Republican makes her first ad all about AOC

The Michele Nix ad may preview what’s to come in 2020, as Republicans take aim at the rising Democratic star

From left, Reps. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Katie Hill, D-Calif, are seen after delivering a letter to the Russell Building office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling on the Senate to act on House passed legislation to reopen the government on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Republican Michele Nix, one of 17 Republicans running for the nomination in North Carolina’s 3rd District special election primary, has made New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the focus of her first ad.

The ad could be a preview of what’s to come in 2020, as the freshman Democrat solidifies her place as the new boogeywoman in campaign messaging from Republicans.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: she has the media, she has the followers, but bless her heart, she has some terrible ideas,” Nix says in the spot, which according to a campaign fundraising email, debuted on TV on Thursday. It's running on cable and digitally in the district. Nix is raising money to keep it on the air.

“I’ll stand up to socialism,” Nix says in the spot’s closing. “Congress needs a good strong dose of conservative, mature common sense.”

Watch: North Carolina GOP candidate makes first ad all about AOC

Nix is most prominent of the three women running for the GOP nomination. She resigned her position as vice chairwoman of the state party to run for the seat, which became vacant after Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones died in February.

President Donald Trump carried the coastal district by 24 points in 2016, and the GOP nominee has a strong chance of becoming the next member of Congress. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

The primary is on April 30, with a runoff on July 9. The general election would then be on Sept. 10.

If no runoff is needed, the general would be on July 9.

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