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McMaster, Cunningham release new TV ads 7 weeks ahead of election

In their latest TV ads, Gov. Henry McMaster pledges he won’t let Washington antics “happen here,” while his Democratic challenger Joe Cunningham promises to be a different kind of politician.

One thing both ads have in common beyond their Sept. 19 release date is that neither candidate mentions the other.

Both campaigns, however, blasted their opponent in statements about their ads. Both are running in markets across the state.

McMaster’s 30-second segment, titled “Not Here,” continues the campaign’s messaging of tying Cunningham, the former congressman from Charleston, to his party’s national leaders in Washington.

His campaign manager, Mark Knoop, alleges that Cunningham represents a cheerleader for the Biden administration.

“Joe Cunningham and Joe Biden are cut from the same big government cloth,” Knoop said in an email.

Cunningham, who flipped the 1st District blue in 2018, lost his reelection bid in 2020 and never served under Biden. He has declined to weigh in on Biden policies, saying it’s not his job to defend the president.