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New Ad Ties New York House Candidate To Todd Akin

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A new advertisement for Dan Maffei, a Democrat running for Congress in upstate New York, links his opponent to controversial Senate candidate Todd Akin. It's the first ad to do so in an election cycle where Akin, who was nearly pushed out of his race over his "legitimate rape" comment, has become a bludgeon for Democrats to use in other races.

The ad focuses on a bill that would redefine rape as "forcible rape," which both Akin and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle cosponsored.

Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics and foreign policy.

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