Grace Segers, CBS News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially launched his re-election campaign Wednesday with an ad touting his ties to President Trump and the confirmation of two conservative Supreme Court justices in two years.

The ad begins by highlighting the Senate majority leader’s refusal to consider Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, eight months before the 2016 election. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, kept the seat open in the hopes that President Trump would be elected and nominate conservative justices — a bet that paid off.

The ad then touts the confirmation of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, which tilted the balance of the court toward a conservative majority. On more local issues, it highlights McConnell’s role in passing the farm bill, which benefited Kentucky farmers.

Mr. Trump, who handily won Kentucky in the 2016 election, is a constant presence in the ad. The video ends with the president referring to McConnell as “Kentucky tough.”

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