U.S. Rep. Flake up with first television ad of his campaign

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PHOENIX -- U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, who is running the for the Senate, rolled out his first television ad of his campaign Wednesday with a 30-second spot that touts his conservative credentials.

The commercial, according to his campaign, will air statewide through the end of next week. Flake's spokesman, Andrew Wilder, wouldn't say exactly how much money the campaign spent on the media buy, but some reports estimate it at about $370,000.

When asked about the figure, Wilder said, "we don't dispute that number." The five-term congressman is competing against Valley businessman Wil Cardon for the GOP nomination.

Cardon has been running hard hitting television ads against Flake for weeks. Those spots, said Wilder, did not force Flake to hit the airwaves any earlier than planned.

Wilder said the campaign is right on schedule. In the ad, Flake lists a number of endorsements from conservative groups such as the Arizona Right to Life and the Club for Growth.

The Flake campaign then takes a dig at Cardon with mentioning him by name. The folksy-sounding narrator accuses Cardon of disputing Flake's conservative record.

"Named a taxpayer superhero," the narrator said. "The fellow running against Jeff tries to say otherwise but we all know better."

A recent poll shows Cardon has been gaining on Flake, the perceived frontrunner. A poll conducted by the Democratic leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed Cardon had taken a big chunk out of Flake's lead heading into the race.

Last month's survey showed Flake's 49 point lead over Cardon was reduced to 22 points. Flake, according to the poll, leads Cardon 42 percent to 20 percent.