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. Paula

    RIGHT ON BARACK !!! That is why sooooo many of us for the FIRST time are donating money for a candidate !!!! WE WANT CHANGE TO SWING BACK TO THE VOTERS NOT THE SAME old POLITICS. Thank you again for "knowing" this was your time to run against the system!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Herman LA, CA

    And more funds are on the way, we will not be water boarded again. Bring on the Republican Party we want change and the American people deserve change and we are sending a message to Washington to do just that.

    We are going to rip a whole in McCain behind…

    Obama 08!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Marina

    Superdelegates, you'd better step up to the plate and make it clear; you all know that Barack Obama is the obvious nominee!!!!

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Eric in Lincolnton, NC

    Obama sucks!!

    April 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Rodney M

    Hhhhmmmm....Obama draws larger crowds, raises more money from the public, and does well boxing a bitter Hillary. This proves Obama has earned his staying power and the stage is set for him to be President of this great country. While he's not perfect, he should be given a chance to serve the U.S.A.

    April 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Craig Fitzgerald

    Even Hillary's supporters are negative! Just look at the first two comments! Let's bring some sanity and peace back to this nation.

    Obama for the win!

    April 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. AWESOME DEBATE HILLARY!!

    Hillary Is AWESOME!!! . It Is A Honor To Vote For You !!!!
    Thank You , For Standing Up For My Family . My Values , And This Great Country .

    God Bless .

    HILLARY 08″

    April 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Bitter Voter

    Hey, "OBama the Liar", the only way Obama could lose in the general election is if he wins the democratic primary. Are you admitting that he will win?

    April 19, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. SONIA

    EVERYONE

    EVERYONE

    GO TO HILLARY WEBSITE

    AND TAKE A QUIZ ABOUT** WHO SAID THIS**

    April 19, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Rick

    To Hill Yeah and Obama the Liar-
    I guess you must look the the other way when your candidate speaks. If you like the way Hillary has been running her campaign – and it will be the same way she would run the country if given the chance – more power to you. All I hear her do is try to tear down Obama – I think that is why she finds herself in the position she is in now. You should give people reasons to vote for you, not reasons to vote against your opponent.
    Oh well, I am sure this will not change your minds, but it is only a matter of time now. I think it is rather hypocritical to be a Hillary supporter and call someone else a liar. And if you think she is more electable that Obama, boy do you not know your facts. There will be such an uproar from both Rebuplicans and Democrates if she does get the nomination she will be defending all her lies and hypocracies all the way to November. She thinks she had been vetted? She has seen nothing yet – and I will be more than happy to help with donations and volunteer work to stop her.

    April 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. vince - phoenix

    ah, what the hell...

    you may as well spend it...

    you can't take it with you!

    April 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. DShawn233

    The Clinton Party is one of the most destructive forces on the political scene today. "BILLIARLOT" is a registered under oath non-truth teller and he should be proud. He has trained his wife "HILLIARLOT" well. She is a documented fake sniper attack surviving, temper tantrum throwing, Right Wing conspiracy claiming, if I can't have it you won't either Democratic Party wrecking ball. All of the people that think she is just great deserve whatever they get if she manages to steal the nomination.

    April 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. bill

    Check out the words to one of Obama’a campaign songs!!!!

    “99 Problems ” was blaring, In it Jay, Jay raps, ” I got 99 problems, but a
    B _ tch ain’t one of them!!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. mark

    Tick, tock, tick, tock, clock's running out for Billary.

    April 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. HILLARY

    BTW I always thought Obama’s campaign song should be “Free Ride”

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. nadeem

    This guy has run an excellent campaign

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Silvester

    Buh

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. HILL IS THE BEST

    “I know that Sen. Clinton is a long-distance runner and however the odds may go and the polls may show, from day to night to tomorrow morning, I know she is in it for the long run,” Angelou said. “I am with her for the long run.”

    Angelou ended the visit with some words of encouragement for her friend.

    “If you help her rise, we will all rise together,” she said.

    April 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Glenn, Cary, NC

    "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."
    _____________

    Excuse me, but I'm pretty sure that if you divide 10 by 3.3 the answer is 3 not 2. He is spending three times as much, not double. He must be running scared.

    April 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. trbleshter

    Senator Obama is clearly taking the lead in this democratic race for the nomination. Unfortunately the Clinton campaing does not have the integrity to consider this a done deal. America needs a President that can DELIVER with INTEGRITY. Unfortunately Senator CLINTON's track record indicates and inability to do just that. Deliver with INTEGRITY IN tact.

    John McCain in NOT what this country needs now.

    Senator Barack Obama IS what this country Needs now.

    Lets pray that he gets the nod...

    April 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Hari

    Obama represents 21st century America, an America that is doing everything in its power to openly heal the scars of the past and create a new generation of Americans that value intelligence, honesty, and perseverance over the tactics of the past. In many Asian countries, politicians attempt to seem smarter than they are to win hearts. In America, it's the polar opposite! Bush won with a "man you can have a beer with" strategy, and though Clinton was a highly educated Rhodes scholar, he often dumbed down his talk to relate to the American people.

    WHAT? Obama speaks with integrity and intelligence, and hopefully Americans will demand this level of intellect & honesty from every candidate in the future.

    April 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. gary

    ALL O.B. HAS OVER HRC IS MORE MONEY TO SPEND. MONEY ISNT GOING TO CHANGE OUR COUNTRIE'S PROBLEMS. THAT'S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH OUR COUNTRY. RICK. HRC WILL RUN OUR COUNTRY FINE. SHE HAS BEEN THERE TIME AFTER TIME FOR OUR PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE SHE DONT SPEND MONEY ON GARBAGE VIDEO'S LIKE O.B. DOES. HRC IS OUR ONLY PRAYER FOR THE REAL CHANGES UR COUNTRY NEEDS. YOUR JUST A O.B. SUPPORTER AND CLINTON HATER LIKE THE REST OF YOU LOST MINDED LITTLE PEOPLE. GO HRC.

    April 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. mjaber

    Obama is making a very good investment. Wouldn't you want that from a presedent that should fix the economy? Of course.
    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. marouf

    go obamba go

    April 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Gillis

    Yes, clobber her.

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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