Morning Digest: Democrats cancel millions in Ohio Senate ads, and so do the Kochs

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● DE-AL: The Sept. 13 primary for this safely blue seat has been a pretty quiet affair so far, but Sean Barney, a former aide to term-limited Gov. Jack Markell and Team Blue's 2014 treasurer nominee, is now joining ex-Labor Secretary Lisa Blunt Rochester on television. Barney's first spot promotes his military background and work with Markell. The narrator also says that, "When Trump disparaged our veterans, Sean Barney took him on."

Barney's allies at VoteVets, a group that helps Democratic veterans in congressional races, are also up with a spot. As gunfire sounds, the narrator describes how Barney "staggered out of a kill-zone to reduce the risk to his fellow Marines" after a sniper's bullet tore into his neck in Iraq, which earned Barney a Purple Heart. (After Trump bleated earlier this month that he "always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Barneywrote a harrowing op-ed about his improbable survival—and why no one should ever "want" a Purple Heart.) The narrator also praises his time with Markell, who has not taken sides in the primary. A third Democratic candidate, state Sen. Bryan Townsend, has not aired any ads yet.

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