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Coors Field in downtown Denver, where the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night. The game was originally scheduled to take place in the Atlanta area. Kyle Cooper / Colorado Rockies / Getty Images Hide caption

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Coors Field in downtown Denver, where the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night. The game was originally scheduled to take place in the Atlanta area.

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As the baseball all-star celebrations begin in Denver on Monday night, a new political attack advert is hoping to remind viewers that the game was once supposed to be held in Georgia.

The commercial, paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, dates back to the spring when outcry rose over a new restrictive electoral law being developed by Republican lawmakers in Georgia. Corporations – including Major League Baseball – came under heavy pressure to speak out against it.

The MLB All-Star Game, which was to take place in the Atlanta Braves’ stadium just outside of Atlanta, fell into the spotlight. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced in April that he would be relocated to Denver.

MLB Moves All-Star Game to Colorado amid turmoil over Georgia electoral law

The new ad focuses on the economic impact of the move, blaming “the radical left that woke up the crowd,” and in particular Democrat, Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock.

“Baseball’s midsummer classic, the all-star game: A $ 100 million boost for Georgia’s economy until the radical left took everything away and forced the MLB to boycott Georgia,” reads the ad’s voice-over.

It will be played both during the Home Run Derby on Monday evening and during the All-Star Game on Tuesday evening.

. @ ReverendWarnock refused to condemn the MLB boycott that was hurting families in Georgia.

The NRSC is proud to remind GA voters of the urgent need to replace Warnock next November. Check out our latest ad to run during the @MLB All Star Game and Home Run Derby ⬇️: pic.twitter.com/mME1oPxAlL

– Senate Republicans (@NRSC) July 8, 2021

The ad is part of the Senate Republican campaign to recapture the Senate seats in Georgia, both of which went to Democrats in a dramatic runoff last January. Since Warnock was elected to fill a seat previously vacated by the retirement of former Sen. Johnny Isakson, he will be re-elected in November 2022.

“The MLB All-Star Game will be bittersweet for Georgia baseball fans when they see a game played in a crowded Denver stadium instead of where it should be in Atlanta. Unfortunately, it was her own Senator who was in charge of the All-Star Game and $ 100 million from Atlanta, “said Florida Senator Rick Scott, chairman of the NRSC, in a statement announcing the ad purchase.

After Republican losses in the U.S. Senate runoff election and Georgia’s vote for Biden in November, Georgia Republican lawmakers withdrew access to postal voting, which had been expanded during the pandemic.

The controversial law added a number of restrictions to postal voting and made it easier for partisans to control the electoral process. Proponents point out that it expands early access to voting for some counties. The US Department of Justice announced last month it would sue Georgia over the new restrictions. say they target black voters.

In lawsuits filed by Georgia, the Justice Department says the state's new electoral law will target black voters

Under pressure from Liberals, the MLB, along with Georgia-based companies Delta and Coca-Cola, opposed the law.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes ballot box restrictions,” Manfred said in a press release that announced the move last April.

Now it’s the Denver corporations preparing for the influx of baseball fans, not Atlanta. According to Colorado Public Radio, many hotels were sold out over the weekend. Owners of restaurants near the stadium in the city center, a normally busy area that has mostly been without office workers for the last year, are looking forward to the onslaught of visitors.

“I think it means a lot to everyone in the sense that it fills some of those gaps,” Erik Riggs, whose Freshcraft restaurant is near the ballpark, told CPR.

Republicans have stuck to the economic aspect of the move, labeling the MLB and Georgia as victims of wokeism.

A tourism association in Cobb County, Georgia, where Braves Stadium is located, estimated in April that the move would cost Georgia more than $ 100 million. (Estimates released by the MLB each year show that the economic impact for All-Star Game venues is typically just under $ 100 million. Additionally, the ongoing pandemic is likely to have an impact.)

The NRSC ran its first ad on the subject in mid-April, linking Warnock to the move by playing a short clip of an interview the Senator gave with CNN, implying that it supports the boycott. PolitiFact called this proposal “wrong”.

The Republican Committee has already poured more than $ 1 million into advertisements for the 2022 election cycle, mostly targeting Warnock and a handful of other Democratic senators who are against it for their support for HR 1, the Democratic-led electoral law that has yet to be passed, the Senate considers to be vulnerable.

“The NRSC is proud to remind GA voters of the urgent need to replace Warnock next November,” the committee tweeted Thursday.

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