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Karl Rove's Super PAC Will Run Attack Ad Against New Senator In His Very First Week

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., greets John Walsh, Lt. Gov. of Montana, and Natalie Tennant, left
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., greets John Walsh, Lt. Gov. of Montana, and Natalie Tennant, left, Secretary of State of West Virginia, before the senate luncheons in the Capitol. Tennant and Walsh are running for senate seats in their states. Guy Cecil, executive director of the DSCC, appears at left. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, is set to air an attack ad next week against Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D), who was named to fill Montana's vacant Senate seat on Friday.

National Journal reported that the super PAC told the Federal Election Commission it had spent $138,000 on a TV ad buy opposing Walsh. This is the first time American Crossroads has waded into a Senate race this election cycle.

Walsh, who was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D) to serve out the remainder of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus' term, is already running to defend his seat in November's election. Baucus was confirmed Thursday as the next U.S. ambassador to China, and Walsh will be sworn in Tuesday.

He will face former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger in Montana's Democratic primary in June. Rep. Steve Daines is the favored candidate on the Republican side in a race that could make or break Democratic control of the Senate.

Rove's group was criticized in 2012 for failing to help Republicans win crucial Senate races, much less oust President Barack Obama.

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