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Vitter's Dem opponent takes direct aim at scandal

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s Democratic challenger is reminding voters of the Republican lawmaker’s 2007 prostitution scandal in a new 2-minute mini-documentary ad.
The campaign of Rep. Charlie Melancon, who has trailed the incumbent Republican by double digits in recent polls, is airing an abridged version of a five-minute web video - released earlier this summer by the Louisiana Democratic Party – that includes a reenactment of Vitter’s encounter with a New Orleans prostitute. The 2-minute excerpt samples the most vivid parts of the longer production, including audiotape of a former prostitute detailing her sexual relationship with Vitter. The ad is expected to begin running on cable stations in the state.

NBC News rates this race “Lean Republican.”