Watch: The Best Anti-Trump Ads Aren't Even From the Presidential Race: 5 Scathing Standouts

Democrats running for office are trying to take advantage of the fact that likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is deeply unpopular, by linking their opponents with the Republican frontrunner in scathing ads.

1. U.S. Senate candidate Connor Eldridge is the latest Democrat to use Trump’s image in an ad targeting Senate Republicans who support the GOP frontrunner. The Arkansas underdog plays the “Trump card” against incumbent Senator John Boozman (R-AR), who announced earlier this year he would support the Republican nominee. Eldridge cites Trump's long history of misogyny against Megyn Kelly, Rosie O'Donnell and Marla Maples, among others, in addressing why Boozman is a poor choice for Senate, by association.

2. Ann Kirkpatrick, a United States Representative for Arizona's first congressional district, is currently challenging Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for his United States Senate seat. Though Trump famously attacked McCain's war record last summer ("I like people who weren't captured," Trump said), McCain vows to support Trump if he is the party nominee. Kirkpatrick's ad focuses on Trump's "dangerous" policies, begininning with his outlandish claim, "I could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and I wouldn't lose any voters."

3. Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) believes the next president, rather than the current one, should fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. When asked in March if he would support Donald Trump if he were the nominee, Kirk told NBC he “certainly would.” “So is it a surprise that the current president endorsed Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for Senate?” the ad asks.

4. Senate Majority PAC released an ad that focused on Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Ayotte has also agreed to support the Republican nominee and sides with her colleague Mark Kirk on issues such as the SCOTUS nomination. 

5. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also has an anti-Trump ad that features Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Richard Burr (R-NC), in addition to John McCain (R-AZ), Kell Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Kirk. The senators' statements vowing to support the Republican nominee are cross-cut with shots of Trump swearing and sounding off insults incoherently. 

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