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Republicans Pour Money into TV Ads Touting Tax Cuts in Hopes of Winning Midterm Elections

WASHINGTON — Republicans are pinning their midterm election hopes on the massive tax overhaul signed into law last year, and it shows.

GOP groups and candidates have run nearly 17,800 spots this year that tout tax reform, according to a USA TODAY analysis of television advertising. The barrage has forced Democrats to retaliate with commercials that slam the tax cuts as helping the wealthy — and endangering Medicare and Social Security in the years ahead.

Americans for Prosperity, a deep-pocketed group aligned with conservative billionaire Charles Koch, is helping to drive the Republican spending as it pummels vulnerable Democratic senators in states friendly to President Trump.

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