Tonight on Fox News Channel: the last Republican presidential debate before the Michigan and South Carolina primaries.
Also to air tonight on Fox: a forceful new TV ad against former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, which tells the story of Wayne DuMond, a rapist whom then-Gov. Huckabee suggested be paroled, after which he raped and killed at least one other woman.
The ad features an older woman, Lois Davidson, who says to the camera: "My name is Lois Davidson. My daughter was raped and murdered by Wayne DuMond."
The announcer then says: "Carol Sue Shields was brutally murdered by Wayne DuMond. DuMond was in an Arkansas prison for raping a 17-year-old high school cheerleader until Gov. Mike Huckabee helped him get out. Thanks to Mike Huckabee, DuMond was released from Arkansas prison. Then, less than one year later, he raped and murdered Carol Sue Shields."
Text on the screen quotes a member of the parole board telling the Arkansas Times: "I signed the (parole) papers because the governor wanted DuMond paroled."
Also shown: a letter from Huckabee to DuMond that reads, "Dear Wayne … My desire is that you be released from prison."
Davidson comes back on camera at the end of the ad: "If not for Mike Huckabee, Wayne DuMond would have been in prison and Carol Sue would be with us."
Watch the ad HERE.
The ad is the brainchild of Keith Emis, a 29–year-old salesman for a paper company in Fayetteville, Arkansas who used to be a Republican operative in Arkansas politics, most recently working for the 2002 re-election campaign of former Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., who has endorsed Huckabee.
Emis first learned about the DuMond case on ABCNews.com’s The Blotter and then saw Lois Davidson interviewed on another TV network.
He called her, traveled to see her, and convinced her that he could help get her story out.
"This isn’t about being a fan of Gov. Huckabee or his politics," Emis tells ABC News. "It’s about spreading the word on his record on crime and punishment."
He says the money to pay for the ad, which will run multiple times this evening on Fox News Channel, between 6 pm EST and 11 pm EST, came from contributions made through PayPal on his website, and from friends in Arkansas and around the U.S.
"I have not talked to any other campaigns at all," he says.
He will not share any other information about his contributors or the ad — "I have to turn in a report to the government on the 31st of this month which will have all those details," he tells ABC News.
More to come…