Expect thousands of TV ads in the David Valadao-Rudy Salas congressional campaign race. Both sides launched today.
Valadao, R-Hanford, is the incumbent congressman. Election analysts have called his Congressional District 22 race versus state Assemblyman Salas, D-Bakersfield, one of the tightest in the country.
Each side released a new television ad making opposing claims regarding Salas supporting the gas tax.
“In Sacramento, Salas voted with the radical environmentalist to increase the price of gas 73 cents a gallon,” Valadao’s spot says.
“I was the only Assembly Democrat to vote no on raising the gas tax,” Salas narrates in his own ad. The text on the screen cites a Sacramento Bee headline that Salas was “stripped of committee chairmanship after voting against gas tax increase.”
Cook Political Report, FiveThirtyEight, and Sabato’s Crystal Ball — three leading election predictors — call the race a “toss-up.”
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