Harsh ad gives Begich re-election bid a hiccup

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mark Begich campaigns in Anchorage, Alaska. Begich’s re-election bid was going better than his fellow Democrats had hoped. That was, until his campaign ran an inflammatory ad that he was forced to pull off the air. With one 30-second commercial about a hideous crime, the freshman senator complicated his campaign prospects and inspired Republicans to take a new look at whether the race in Alaska should be part of their effort to take control of the Senate. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election bid was going better than his fellow Democrats had hoped. That was, until his campaign ran an inflammatory ad that he was forced to pull off the air.

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