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Progressive group launches television ad aimed at swaying Rep. Steve Knight on tax vote

The onslaught of anti-tax reform ads aimed at vulnerable California Republicans continues Wednesday with a six-figure television ad targeting Rep. Steve Knight.

The ad calling on the Palmdale Republican to vote “No” will run on broadcast and cable channels in the expensive Los Angeles media market, and will also appear on Spanish-language channels. It is funded by Not One Penny, a coalition of progressive groups.

“Knight sided against California once, but he’s got one more chance to get it right,” the ad states.

Just three of California’s 14 Republican members joined Democrats in opposing the tax bill last month, saying changes to the state and local tax deduction and mortgage interest deduction would have an outsized impact on their constituents.

Knight and a few other Republican Californians said they voted for the bill with assurances from House leadership that their concerns would be resolved in the final version of the bill.

Not One Penny has run digital ads trying to convince Republican Reps. Jeff Denham of Turlock, Ed Royce of Fullerton, David Valadao of Hanford and Mimi Walters of Vista, but the shift to broadcast and cable media indicates they think Knight could be swayed.

All of the targeted members are considered among the most vulnerable going into the 2018 midterm election.

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