August 4th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Underdogs team up to launch joint radio ad

 Republicans Clint Didier (left) and Paul Akers (right) are running for the same U.S. Senate seat, but have released a joint radio ad attacking their opponents.
Republicans Clint Didier (left) and Paul Akers (right) are running for the same U.S. Senate seat, but have released a joint radio ad attacking their opponents.

(CNN) – The two underdogs in Washington's August 18 Senate primary are teaming up against the two front-runners in what they call "the first ever joint campaign radio ad."

Washington is the only state in the nation that holds primaries that group candidates from all parties into one pool. Republicans Paul Akers and Clint Didier are both trailing incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Dino Rossi in the state's non-partisan primary, according to a survey conducted in mid-June by The Elway Poll.

"We're doing something unprecedented in political campaigns. Even though we're both running for the same US Senate seat–" Akers says in the ad. Didier picks up the thought mid-sentence and tells listeners "–we're joining together with a single message to caution you about what's going on in this race."

"Washington D.C. and special interests are dumping millions of dollars into our opponents' campaign war chests," Akers says.

Still, Akers and Didier are hoping that their joint $6,000 ad buy will give them each a boost. According to a June 9-13 survey by The Elway Poll, 43 percent of voters support Murray, 31 percent support Rossi, 5 percent support Didier and just 2 percent choose Akers; undecided voters make up 18 percent of respondents.

Earlier: Rossi campaign releases first TV ad

Nathan Gonzales, the political editor at the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report, told CNN he did not think the Akers-Didier strategy would work.

"The reason why it's unprecedented is because it's a terrible strategy," Gonzales said.

"They're competing against each other for anti-establishment votes," Rothenberg added. "Both of them are long shots and certainly both of them cannot win at the same time. There's a difference between novelty and attention and it actually being a good strategy to get out of the primary."

The ad begins airing today on six Seattle and Spokane talk radio stations. It will air 97 times over the next five days, according to an Akers campaign press release.


Filed under: 2010 • Washington
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The current incumbents have failed the American people. Time to get new representatives who may actually represent the people for a change.
    I do not care about what party you belong to! "We the People” got screwed again this time we need to make all of them pay with their jobs.
    Guess what Congress "You Are Fired!"
    This fall vote "No to incumbents"
    Fire All incumbents!
    Congress allowed the American people to lose their jobs, their life's savings and their retirement. And then made the American people pay to bailout the ones who were responsible for the crime.
    All while supporting the special interests, lobbyists, Big business and the wealthy.
    You know what Congress, welcome to the ranks of the unemployed.

    August 4, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Harry(NJ)

    Isn't that the same Clint Didier that played for the Redskins and I find it funny that the poll is called the "Elway Poll", How many more NFL refrences do you have?

    August 4, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Oy Vey Az

    Oh My ... One or two ... not much difference ...

    A bag of hammers isn't made any smarter by adding more hammers.

    August 4, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. MB Seattle

    Neither of these candidates stand a remote chance in the primary. The are just making noise.

    Didler does not understand the economic structure of his farm, state or country yet makes wild incendiary comments about Marxism and Obama. A true Palin clone.

    His water is subsidized on his farm and he takes federal aid on his farm crop. Way to go nuckelhead.

    August 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |