Democrats are pouring millions into a last-minute effort to neutralize their vulnerabilities on crime — an issue they admit has driven a flood of effective Republican attacks in key contests, reports Axios. The dynamic comes after a summer in which GOP attacks on inflation lost some potency and Democrats harnessed some much-needed momentum from pro-abortion rights sentiment. After months of wrangling with progressives, the House on Thursday passed four policing bills, including grants for small local police departments to help with recruitment and training and legislation to fund technology to help close unsolved cases. The bills seem unlikely to pass the Senate but they give the Democrats campaign talking points.
In Wisconsin, a barrage of new ads from Republicans' top Senate super PAC have hit Democratic nominee Mandela Barnes over his support for ending cash bail. Barnes is facing off with incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. One spot features the grandmother of a child struck by a car during an attack on a Waukesha Christmas parade last year. Mandela Barnes supports no cash bail that puts criminals like Darrell Brooks back on the streets," the grandmother says. "He's more worried about criminals than victims." ennsylvania Republican Mehmet Oz has hammered his Senate opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, over his record of pushing for clemency while leading Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons. The Republican Governors Association has released ads over the past week hitting Democratic incumbents in Wisconsin and New Mexico on crime. The Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republicans' top House super PAC, has run ads in at least 10 races over the last two weeks focused on crime and police funding.