(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team is taking the first initial steps towards launching campaign commercials.
The Obama re-election team is requesting rates for potentially large ad buys in key states, a Democratic source confirms to CNN. The source adds that "no decision's been made yet."
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Another source familiar with the request says the Obama campaign has inquired about commercial rates in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
These are all battleground states that the Obama campaign plans to contest in November's general election.
Word of these initial moves by the Chicago based re-election team comes as the five remaining GOP presidential candidates battle in South Carolina, which holds its primary on Saturday.
While the race for the Republican nomination continues, independent pro-Republican groups have gone up with ads attacking the president in numerous battleground states.