WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats' campaign arm on Thursday began running its first ads in New Hampshire's race that is quickly becoming more competitive.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's multimillion-dollar ad push, which will run through Election Day, criticizes likely Republican nominee Scott Brown for votes he cast while serving as senator from next-door Massachusetts. The ad also makes a direct appeal for older voters, who have great sway in New Hampshire.

"New Hampshire is a good place to grow older. We can depend on each other," the ad's narrator says in the 30-second spot. "But Scott Brown would turn his back on New Hampshire seniors. While representing Massachusetts, Scott Brown supported cuts to Medicare and Social Security."

The narrator also adds: "And he voted to protect tax breaks for millionaires and big oil."

Brown is expected to win his Sept. 9 primary and face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a first-term Democrat and popular former governor.

Shaheen has run ahead of Brown in polls through the summer, although one recent survey showed the race becoming more competitive as voters start to consider the candidates.

While Democrats' Senate campaign organization has not aired ads until now, their allies have been hammering Brown for months with $2.7 million in ads against him.

Republicans are looking at New Hampshire as a place to pick up one of the six seats they need to tilt the majority to the GOP.


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