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Arkansas GOP congressman touts COVID-19 relief in first ad

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican congressman in central Arkansas whom Democrats hope to unseat this fall launched a campaign ad Tuesday in which he touts the federal coronavirus relief the state has received.

U.S. Rep. French Hill’s ad airs as negotiations over further assistance remain deadlocked in Washington.

Hill, who has represented Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District since 2015, launched the ad a week after Democratic rival Joyce Elliott began airing a spot. Hill’s campaign wouldn’t say how much it’s spending to air the spot, but reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission show it has spent at least $32,000 to run it on Little Rock television stations through the end of August.

“It’s been a tough year, but here in Arkansas we’re resilient, quick to bounce back, and hard to keep down,” Hill says in the ad.

Hill’s ad doesn’t mention President Donald Trump or Elliott.

Efforts for new emergency relief have stalled out in Washington, and hopes for a swift compromise have dwindled. More than 53,000 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the virus and 603 in the state have died from COVID-19.

In her ad last week, Elliott talked about her background as a teacher and a legislator and criticized Hill over his vote for the 2017 tax cut bill.

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