April 19th, 2008
02:55 PM ET
15 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. Fred

    So what happen to the huge lead hillary had at the beginning of this campain. People see somthing better. Honesty and Intergerty I havent seen that in goverment for a long wile. I am ready to try it. And so are a lot of other people. So get use to it.

    April 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Ben

    Pennsylvania has gone down down and down over the last 28 years...Bush -Clinton family clan...is this what you want again???

    April 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Jon, Los Angeles

    Obama's ability to challenge Billary on the airways shows that we The People are ready to take back Washington.
    Obama is the next President.

    April 19, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Raheel

    Too little too late for hillary!!!!!

    Obama 08'

    April 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Shirley

    You can't stop this train! OBAMA 08!

    April 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. James

    Hillary fans are looking more and more pathetic. But hey if Bush made it as far as he did then i dont have much hope in people that they will do the right thing here. What bothers me more than anything is that most of the people ive heard from that like Hillary quote word for word everything the good ole TV told them. Its actually pretty scary, there are other sources you know. =/

    April 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. fifi

    I think the only Lair is Hillary, i dont like her personality i think she is fake . for me she is trying to be modest and show people that she feels them, but inside her is differnt i dont trust her from the beginning and it shows i am right after the bosnia story. i think she is not trust worty . she is trying to show people that she is commender of cheif from dayone which she is not .

    I think the one & only one is Barak Obama for president ,he is honest,modest real powerful &he will lead this nation the glory he deserve to be a president of USA god bless you Barak Obama go for it,

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Christian

    Rise Antichrist Rise!!! As if this liar already hasn't done enough to eat anything when he's power-hungry. When it comes to this Obama Virus, everyone better watch-out. You don't wanna be one of those drones with a sign in their forehead don't you? I know it because I live in downtown Philly and I see these zombies roaming the streets and his followers are angry about anything Hillary. While the Hillary supporters are the "silent" majority.

    The only Antidote: Hillary '08

    April 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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