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WASHINGTON — With just days left until Tuesday's primary for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, the more than two-dozen candidates running are racing to define themselves and gain any edge.
The messaging from the ads is right in line with the trends from the 2018 cycle — most Republican ads are aimed at hugging President Trump close and portraying a tough approach, while Democrats are largely focusing on health care and the economy.
Roundup - Themes - Airwaves - Race - GOP
Here's a roundup of some of the prevailing themes from the airwaves in the race to succeed the late GOP Rep. Walter Jones.
The GOP field of 17 candidates is so large that even GOP ads are poking fun at the amount of Republicans running.
President - Trump - Rest - Wall - Narrator
"They're identical. They love President Trump, they all shout louder than the rest: 'Build the wall.' But only one can get it done," the narrator says in an ad by an outside group supporting accountant Celeste Cairns.
"So many candidates for Congress. How do you choose? Send a Marine," an ad from Republican Chimer Clark's campaign begins.
Support - President - Centerpiece - GOP - Campaign
Support for the president is a centerpiece of many GOP campaign ads.
Chimer Clark's campaign doesn't mention Trump by name in one of his ads, but...
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