Published Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 | 3:27 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 | 4:09 p.m.
Three new ads hit the airwaves today in the 3rd Congressional District.
One comes out in favor of Republican challenger Joe Heck; two highlight Democratic incumbent Rep. Dina Titus.
Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative group that advocates for lower taxes, is spending $600,000 to stump for Heck. The group began airing an ad that accuses Titus of voting for higher taxes and faults her for supporting the federal stimulus bill.
"Dina Titus does not deserve re-election," the ad says.
Titus is fighting back with two commercials of her own.
The first accuses Heck of supporting bank bailouts, executive bonuses and "the same lax regulations and economic policies that created this mess."
"Senator Heck's just not on our side," the ad says.
The second takes a very different approach. A group of smiling residents surround Titus while individuals praise her for voting to close corporate loopholes, working to protect American jobs and voting to freeze her own pay.
Expect more ads from both candidates in the coming weeks. Campaign committees for both parties plan to spend more than $2 million in media this fall in the district.
Recent polls show Titus leading Heck by a slight margin.