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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

#5in5: Ad Watch: Bill Johnson vs. Charlie Wilson

The race between Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) in the 6th Congressional District is the second-most popular House race for ad spending in the Buckeye State. (The most popular district for ads is the 16th Congressional District, which 2chambers will visit on Friday.)

Wilson has aired more ads than Johnson and the Democrat is also the beneficiary of more spending by outside groups. The House Majority PAC, supporting Democratic House candidates, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have spent at least $570,000 on ads, compared to $370,000 by the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the Sunlight Foundation.

Johnson has raised more than double the campaign cash as Wilson, but both campaigns plan to spend heavily on advertising in the closing weeks.

Wilson was first on the air, so let’s start with him. His first ad, called “Fair Fight” highlights his concerns with Johnson’s support for tax breaks that compel companies to outsource jobs to China:

Wilson’s second ad, called “Independent,” stresses his political independence from House Democrats and attacks Johnson’s voting record on taxes and Medicare reform:

Wilson’s third ad, called “More Than Anyone,” responds to an attack ad by Johnson and again focuses on Johnson’s business background:

Johnson has also run three spots. His first spot, called “Solutions,” highlighted Wilson’s record on Medicare reform:

Johnson’s second ad, “Accountability,” (watch it here, because embed code is unavailable) attacks Wilson’s votes for the 2010 health-care reform act and his votes against Republican budget proposals.

His third ad, called “Commitment,” highlights his votes on energy policy, including support for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Among the outside political groups, House Majority PAC is spending the most money, according to the Sunlight Foundation. The group is airing a spot called “Cut” that attacks Johnson’s business and voting records:

An Anti-Johnson spot by the DCCC, called “Out For Himself” strikes a similar tone:

Among Republican groups, the NRCC is airing an ad called “No Wonder” that attempts to remind viewers why they “fired” Wilson — because he voted for the 2009 economic stimulus plan “that allowed more than $2 billion to go to foreign firms.”

The NRCC also announced plans this week to run “Your Paycheck” against Wilson. It highlights his vote for the 2010 health-care reform — a program that Republicans allege will trim $716 billion from Medicare:

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