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In second TV launch, Hill blitzes ‘career politicians’  

Republican Hunter Hill on Monday launched his second TV ad of his campaign for governor, a football themed homage to his military service and pledge to be a “true conservative leader.” 

The former state senator’s ad starts with him striding onto a football field – a reminder of his days as quarterback at The Westminster School and West Point – and then invoking his military service.

“I learned about character on a football field just like this. But I learned how to lead at West Point as an Army Ranger and during three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. 

“Career politicians always cave under pressure. You and your family deserve better.”

The spot was a follow-up to Hill’s February TV debut that showed him stampeding through a military obstacle course trailed by lookalikes resembling Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, two of the top contenders in the GOP race. 

Hills is jockeying with Kemp, businessman Clay Tippins and state Sen. Michael Williams for a spot in a likely runoff against Cagle, who is leading the public and private polls. His campaign pledges to eliminate the state income tax, significantly slash state spending and crackdown on illegal immigration. 

The ad is a sign of an escalating air war in the GOP race. Tippins and Kemp have also already launched TV ads, and Cagle has reserved more than $4.4 million in airtime for the six weeks before the May 22 primary. 

Two Democrats, former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans, are also running to replace a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.