On Tuesday, three weeks before the Democratic primary for Missouri's 1st District, incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay released his first television ad.
Clay faces Rep. Russ Carnahan, 3rd District, in the Aug. 7 primary. Carnahan's district was eliminated during redistricting after the 2010 census and he now resides in the 1st District.
Clay's ad is titled "A Democrat with a Backbone."
In the ad, Clay cites his stance on Medicare, a woman's right to choose and other issues.
"More than ever we need Democrats with backbone," Clay said in the ad.
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