With just days until Election Day, the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Mike DeWine is going big with a new TV commercial.
The cost of the statewide buy is sizeable — about $900,000 — as the GOP favorite in Tuesday's primary seeks to stress his conservative credentials while aligning himself with President Donald Trump.
His opponent, Lt. Mary Taylor, claims to be the only conservative in the race while draping herself in all things Trump.
The 30-second spot, entitled "Only Mike DeWine," steers clear of bashing Taylor, with the exception of the opening, which shows a photo of Taylor while the announcer intones: "Some people talk. Others deliver."
It then morphs to images of DeWine and statements that as attorney general, he took on the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama in court, "stopping the Obama immigration ban," and "fighting against Obamacare." DeWine and other GOP attorneys general, however, largely lost the fight over the Affordable Care Act.
The commercial also states that DeWine is fighting for the Trump travel ban "to keep us safe" and also is working to oppose sanctuary cities serving as safe havens for undocumented immigrants. And it touts his endorsements by the Ohio Republican Party and Ohio Right to Life.
The spot closes: "Mike DeWine — the rock solid conservative you can trust for governor." It will air through Tuesday, his campaign said.
DeWine has spent more than $5 million this year to fend off the challenge of Taylor, who has spent about $2 million.
Taylor campaign spokesman Michael Duchesne responded, "Only Mike DeWine voted 962 times with Hillary Clinton. ... Meanwhile, Mary Taylor has been Ohio's most vocal critic of Obamacare, fought to stop a state exchange from being set up and has testified before Congress against Obamacare twice. Mary Taylor has left no doubt that she will end the Medicaid expansion in Ohio while mealy-mouthed Mike has ducked the issue time and time again."