Government Shutdown Ads Target Republicans In Swing Districts

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Rick Hohensee of Washington holds a "Fire Congress" sign near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) | AP

WASHINGTON -- A labor-affiliated group is targeting a new series of ads against Republicans in swing districts over the shutdown of the federal government.

The spots by Democratic-aligned Americans United for Change will hit 10 members: Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.).

Several of the targeted members of Congress are among the two dozen who were identified in a poll done for the activist as being at risk because of the shutdown.

The ads are set to run through next week, and are a sign that Democrats are not only willing to use electoral politics as a tool to get the government reopened -- without meeting GOP demands to hobble Obamacare -- but also believe Republicans actually are in trouble.

Here is a sample ad:

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