Puppies! Vote for me! Puppies!

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Democratic Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Rep. Joe Sestak last week came out with this commercial. Puppies! Cute!

It reminds me a bit of this ad from Michael Steele’s campaign for Maryland Senate. Steele was widely praised for his innovative ads, though he lost his bid for that seat.

The Republican in the Pennsylvania race, former Rep. Pat Toomey, responded with this ad:

Still, Sestak’s ad may be having some impact. After months of trailing Toomey, sometimes by double digits, two recent polls show Sestak regaining the lead. Huh, maybe cute little puppies do actually sway voters?