[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/05/04/obama.ads/art.obama.tues.gi.jpg caption="Republicans across the country are now airing ads attacking Sen. Barack Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Is Sen. Barack Obama the new Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich? For Republican candidates and political ad makers, the White House hopeful might very well be.
A review of political television advertising nationwide shows that Obama has played a starring role or has been mentioned in at least 9 GOP-inspired ads designed to undercut a Democratic candidate in recent months.
In previous elections, Republicans have used Kennedy and Clinton - especially in the South, where these two Northeast Democrats might not be as well received - in negative ads targeting congressional or state Democratic candidates.