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Giffords PAC Airs New TV Ad Against Comstock in Virginia

Second spot is part of $1 million ad campaign against two-term Republican in 10th District

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' PAC is investing $1 million in Virginia’s 10th District against GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock. Giffords is shown here with Jennifer Wexton, Comstock's Democratic challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The gun violence prevention group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is launching its second TV ad against Rep. Barbara Comstock, specifically going after the Virginia Republican’s ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association. 

The spot, debuting Wednesday and obtained first by Roll Call, opens with footage of a parent playing with a small child.

“Congress should be doing everything it can to protect families from gun violence,” the narrator says. “But time and again, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has sided with the NRA over us.” 

The ad is part of Giffords PAC’s $1 million investment in the suburban D.C.-based 10th District, which is near the NRA’s national headquarters. It will air on cable across the district, with heavy play in Loudon and Fairfax counties.

In the group’s first general election ad, which aired in late August, Giffords spoke directly to the camera, calling out Comstock’s coziness with the NRA. 

Comstock’s race against Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Wexton represents one of the Democrats’ best pickup opportunities. Both Hillary Clinton and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam carried the district by double digits. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election Tilts Democratic.  

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