(CNN) - Harry Reid is picking up the pace as he plunges into what could a very tough re-election bid next year.
The Senate Majority Leader and senior congressional lawmaker from Nevada is going up with the first television commercials of his campaign, with more than a year to go until the 2010 election.
Reid's campaign says the two commercials will begin running on TV in Nevada Friday. One of the ads, called "Hard Work," highlights the four-term senator's deep roots in the state and touts his economic record.
"You know it's never easy, but we've got the people and the resources to come back stronger than ever," says Reid in the commercial, which is scheduled to air in the Reno, Nevada television market.
The campaign says the other ad, titled "Jobs," will run in the Las Vegas market and tells the story of Reid's efforts to help save the nation's largest construction project, City Center in Las Vegas, which would have cost the city 10,000 construction jobs and 12,000 permanent jobs if it had shut down.
Reid's campaign would not say how long either ad would remain on the air, and did not reveal how much money they are spending to air the spots.
The ads' debut comes on the same day that Reid teams up with Vice President Joe Biden, who headlines a fundraiser for the senator Friday morning in Reno, Nevada. Reid's campaign announced earlier this week that they raked in more than $2 million in campaign cash over the past three months. The campaign reports that they have nearly $9 million in the bank, and say they've brought in over $12 million overall for Reid's re-election bid, halfway to the $25 million they've pledged to raise.
Later Friday, Reid teams up with Biden at an event in Reno to tout the federal stimulus program.
The Republican National Committee said it would run a radio ad Thursday and Friday in the Reno media market that links Reid to what it calls the failed economic stimulus package.
"Since President Obama took office, 52,000 Nevadans have lost their jobs, and unemployment is supposed to average 14 percent next year. Seems like we'd be better off with less Washington in Nevada and more Nevada in Washington. We just can't afford the reckless economic policies of Harry Reid and Joe Biden," says the narrator in that radio spot.
The most recent poll of Nevada voters suggests that Reid trails both his Republican rivals in hypothetical 2010 match ups. According to a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released Sunday, Reid is down 10 points to Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and down 5 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian. The poll also indicates that half of Nevada's voters have an unfavorable view of Reid, with 38 percent viewing him favorably.
On Capitol Hill Thutsday, Reid downplayed the survey's results.
"All my polling numbers are fine," said the Senate Democratic leader. "They are not from a newspaper in Nevada that you guys tend to focus on. All my polling numbers are fine. And I'm continuing to do the best I can for the people of this country and the people of Nevada."
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