April 19th, 2008
02:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama dominates Pennsylvania airwaves in home stretch

(CNN) – Barack Obama has spent more than $8 million on Pennsylvania campaign spots over the past month – more than twice what Hillary Clinton has – as ad spending this year continues its record pace.

The Illinois senator’s presidential campaign had spent $8.1 million in the four-week period ending April 16, half of that in the critical – and pricey – Philadelphia ad market, according to an analysis conducted by TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG, CNN’s consultant on political advertising spending.

He is spending $400,000 a day, on a pace to exceed $10 million in ad spending – more than double Clinton’s $3.3 million in ad buys.

“Senator Obama’s campaign has done an excellent job of putting their fundraising advantage to work with record Pennsylvania ad buys, forcing Senator Clinton to spend valuable time and money in a state where she had a double-digit lead in the polls only a few weeks ago,” said Evan Tracey, chief operating officer of TNSMI/CMAG.

“If her own message connects with voters and pays off, it could be a big moral boost for the Clinton campaign. If not: the Obama strategy has paid off.”

Obama is also dominating the airwaves in upcoming primary states, spending $1.4 million in North Carolina and $1.8 million in Indiana, and has ads on the air in Oregon, according to the analysis. Clinton has made smaller buys in North Carolina and Indiana, and has not yet begun airing ads in Oregon.

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  1. suzanna riedl

    dr maya angelou is supporting hillary clinton. what does that tell you ?

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. BCP

    OBAMA, You are the biggest """"CHEAT""""""

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Sharon in Oakland, CA

    When I saw the video of the rally last night, I could not help but to smile. It was amazing to see all those people there to see/hear Senator Obama. I can just imagine how the electrifying energy lifted the spirits of everyone present, I know it lifted mine. I'm sure those people walked away from that inspiring rally FIRED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My monthly (someimes weekly) donations are being put to good use!!

    OBAMA '08

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Fendley

    Who ever doesnt vote for Senator Clinton, is going to live to bitterly regret it. He doesnt know what he is talking about. There has been too much negative reviews on him. I dont trust him any furthur that I can throw a cow uphill. There is something sneaky, arrogrant and "I am better than you are" attitude. Same with his silly wife. We dont need or want them. they should go somewhere else in the world where they belong and can maybe help.

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. gerald strother


    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. PA for Obama

    Move on Obama...We know that McSame attack machine has started attacking you using the same allegations of the negative campaigning of Hillary. We understand you want to stay positive for the sake of the party.
    We will continue to support you all the way...
    PA, you need to end this race so that we turn the page and start facing McSame..

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Spirit of America

    Trying to buy an election is definitely NOT a good sign.

    PA Dem voters: the future of our country is in your hands. April 22 will, in effect, be the general election. If Barack comes close to victory and gets the nomination, McCain wins by a landslide in Nov.

    The only way to prevent this American tragedy and disaster, is to give Hillary a double-digit victory in PA so she will be the nominee and defeat McCain by a landslide in November.

    The choice is yours. Don't let a flood of slick ads deceive you.
    Obama cannot win in Nov. Oh no, he can't!

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. EA

    I love the fact all you out there who claim to be democrats are so divided over what?? Nothing really. 95% of the issues at stake are identical, so search your hearts and ask yourselves are you truly a Democrat or disguised as Republicans, who are just temporarily confused. I was a Clinton supporter and choose now to back Obama. It has nothing to do with his skin color, his age, the fact he is a man, but simply because he's a Democrat with a platform similar to my original candidate, but at least for me offers me something positive and uplifting. Some call it rhetoric, and empty words, but for me it is something that allows me to beleive that change is going to come. And hey, even if he has flaws, what can be worst than the Bush administration?

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. CRR

    Mitt could not buy an election, and neither will Barack! GO HILLARY!!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. George

    Obama can't keep the money, so he might as well use it to leverage his message in PA. .

    April 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Linda

    April 19, 2008
    Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%General election races remain tight . Hillary has pulled ahead.
    Hillary 08

    April 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Bitter in Texas

    This Poor Old (65year old) White Boy here in southeast Texas is gonna send Sen. Obama another donation....just want to beat those Clintons in this race.

    April 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Grif

    He'll be Bankrupt Next Year. He must owe so many people Millions.
    When he loses the Election in November., (If he is the Nominee).. They'll be Tearing his Cloths off ,, ,,

    April 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. OUMAR


    April 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Bob

    For twenty years the Clinton/Bush dictatorship has gotten fat from ill gotten Corporate bribes. Mean while all our good paying jobs have gone to China to whom we are now so far in debt that we are practically slaves! Please voters of PA. END IT NOW!

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN

    OBAMA THE LIAR April 19th, 2008 4:25 pm ET


    HILLARY 2009/2012


    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Ray Ito

    Hillary is the old guard. America needs something new – a new direction.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. julie

    Well he does have an unlimited supply of money coming in from all over the world, thats hard to match.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Dee

    Hillary had 8 years of free advertising, courtesy of her husband's presidency.

    It's only fair that Obama has to work so hard to get his name out. Everyone already knew her!

    Also, having more money only speaks positively of his managerial skills;
    The fact that Clinton is out of money speaks very poorly of hers.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Rick

    That Obama sure can spend up some money.
    If he can promise me free health care and ice cream I will vote for him.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. kenny cole

    Who want a LIAR to be our PRESIDENT, or is it the stupid old people as BILL said 'cos am 65yrs old i will not vote for HILLARY

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Zina

    His campaign better be spending this money! We the people have donated for this very reason. If the Clintons were pulling in the kind of money he was and were not (as documented) behind on their campaign debts, they would be doing the same. I hope the advertisements will help energize the people to bring just one more person to the polls for the Obama Family.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. jerry

    ABC done a good job, they ask the questions that the voters need to know. We are hiring a person to work at the hardest job in the world, and the people need to know THE REST OF THE STORY, as Paul Harvey would say. The network that brings The Rest Of The Story, will be the most watched. We need the Networks to work for the people not to cover up the unexperinced Obama.

    April 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Noah

    Wow, Mal Sterling,, you are so intelligent that you put Bill and Hillary's name together. I am so tired of the Obama supporters who whine about ABC and the debate about trivial questions then run to the blogs and bash Clinton.

    Obama is the front-runner.He made this campaign about character and judgement. Hillary has faced these questions in 20 plus debates. Its only fair that Obama have to answer. He did not. He once again dodged the questions. He now is running around using ridicule and mockery to cover his poop performance. Obama can por millions into PA, it won't change the fact that he has serious questions to answer.

    April 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. K

    that is ridiculous!!! he needs to stop!

    April 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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