By Jacob Solis/The Nevada Independent

In a statewide advertising campaign set to launch Thursday, incumbent Democrat Sen.  is already on the attack against newly-minted Republican nominee , highlighting his ties to oil corporations.

Laxalt, who was elected Nevada’s attorney general in 2014 and ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2018, easily won a primary fight for the U.S. Senate nomination in Tuesday’s primary election, besting nearest challenger Sam Brown by nearly 19 percentage points, as of Tuesday night.

The 30-second spot targets Laxalt for an effort he made in 2016 to block a multi-state investigation into Exxon-Mobil following news reports that the company had sought to minimize its own research on the role of fossil fuels on climate change.

That investigation would have also centered on oil companies linked to the billionaire Koch brothers, who were for years among the largest Republican campaign donors and later gave Laxalt a $2.5 million outside spending boost for his gubernatorial campaign.

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