Democrats funnel $17M into healthcare ads for midterms

Senate Democratic candidates and related groups ran approximately 56,000 healthcare ads from January through July, spending roughly $17 million on the hot-button issue, according to a USA Today analysis of data from Kantar Media.

About 40 percent of Democrats' television ads focus on healthcare, specifically homing in  on protections for people with pre-existing conditions, lowering drug prices and preventing Medicare cuts.

Republicans are taking a different tack, spending $14 million on ads touting the GOP tax law, $10.5 million on ads promoting President Donald Trump and $7.6 million advertising a conservative immigration strategy. USA Today notes the focus on President Trump is highly unusual ahead of a midterm election. Typically, candidates try to distance themselves from the incumbent president, the report notes. Democrats, for their part, have avoided running ads against President Trump, according to USA Today.

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