It is rare that a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate (or any other office) is able to spent $500,000 on television ads over the course of an election. Most U.S. Senate candidates for the Libertarian Party are working off of a budget that is just a fraction of that size. However, in Montana a group called Montana Hunters and Anglers Leadership Fund that is supporting the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate have purchased over half a million dollars in TV ads encouraging conservatives to support Libertarian Dan Cox. The intention of the move, of course, is to “split” the conservative vote, thereby giving the Democratic candidate a better shot at victory.
Polling prior to these ads has consistently shown Dan Cox to be hovering around 6-8%.