Sen. Obama’s TV ads are Nevada’s first of the campaign season.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign announced Friday that it would start airing television ads in Nevada next week, making Obama the first presidential candidate in both parties to be seen in ads by Silver State residents.
The first spot to be rolled out is entitled “Take it Back,” an ad previously seen in Iowa and New Hampshire that portrays Obama as a reformist and focuses on his refusal to take campaign contributions from lobbyists and PACs.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was the first candidate on Nevada’s airwaves with radio ads over the summer in both English and Spanish. Obama quickly followed suit with his own radio ads in Spanish, both campaigns attempting to tap into Nevada’s growing Hispanic population.
While the races have narrowed in Iowa and New Hampshire, an American Research Group poll released Friday gave frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton a 25% lead over Obama in Nevada (23% remain undecided). Nevada is the fourth state in the Democratic nomination process, but with Michigan stripped of its delegates by the Democratic Party, Nevada could play a pivotal role following Iowa and New Hampshire.
An Obama spokesperson told CNN, “The race is tightening nationally and certainly we are committed to making sure that the campaign here in Nevada is one of the strongest and that we’re getting the message across.”
The ads will run starting Tuesday until the January 19 caucuses.
– CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt