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. Wang LI

    Go Obama !

    April 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. TN

    Hopefully it will get clinton out of the race!!!!! i'm so tired of her!!!!

    April 19, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. William Golis

    Obama has the funds because we support him with our money and our votes. Yes We Can.

    April 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Charlie Richmond

    Obama will win the primaries and will be the next president!

    April 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    Obama is throwing more of the negative kitchen sink the clinton and he is not ready for this job. He has lived with negativity thrown at him for the last 20 years and that shows in the way he has run this campaign.

    April 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Cowboy Jack

    Obama can buy votes, but he can't buy a win.....

    He tried this in OHIO but LOST!! How pathethic!!

    Archie Bunker Democrats prove they don't want to vote for Obama, which means he would lose to McCain in the general

    April 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. fdes

    good buy

    April 19, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. tom wilcox

    If Hillary wins the primary I will not vote at all and I will tell my friends and family not to vote. If Hillary or Mcain win the lobbyist wave won

    April 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. susannah jones

    I'm getting Baracknaphobia...this guy is scary....I hope he tanks in the general election...I'd rather go with John McCain than have to deal with his mob of blackshirts marching round the country telling us what to do if he gets in

    susannah jones

    April 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. rockus

    Reading this article, I finally understand Obama's supporters primal anger when something bad is said about him, especially when it's true. Small donors are given in small, but duplicable amounts to his campaign. If he somehow loses, all the money would have been spent for a lost cause.

    April 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. carolyn wong

    I hate hillay she gives proffesional women a bad name. if she was smart enough she would have embraced Obama's Ideas about political reform.

    April 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |


    HILLARY 2009/2012

    April 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. lisa

    Obama why are you hiding Michelle?

    April 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Silly Season

    Why not the presidency is for sale isn't it?

    April 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. mitch from ark.

    keep putting my money to good use!

    April 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Senator Obama,

    Most political ads in the past has been destructive, always pointing errors of the other. Your ad is uplifting and gives hope to the American people. I definitely don't mind making weekly contributions when you run a positive campaign like that. We have to recognize that there are problems to be solved but we also have to give them hope. Any problems can be solved if we have the will to do it.

    April 19, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Obama Yeah

    Obama had a crowd of 35,000 at a rally in Philly. Yeah Obama

    April 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Ben

    There needs to be a limit to campaign spending. I don't like to think that millions of blue collar Americans are sending their hard-earned money, and with the best intentions, to advertising agencies.

    April 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. kevin from alaska

    Can the weekend CNN moderators post something that isn't anti-Obama?

    I think not.

    McCain is all war and Hillary is all talk.

    Obama is truth.

    Obama/America '08 & '12

    April 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. John Smith

    I see, some women do not want a man who can defend his "good name" and reputation.

    April 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. John Smith

    When it comes to "fighting" with Hillary, people need to keep in mind that Hillary grew up as a Republican. She is a converted democrat by marriage with a lot of baggage for the democratic party!

    April 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Susan MO

    Pennsylvania is the state of people he insulted.

    Obama lost our vote.

    Strongely for Hillary Clinton

    April 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Grif

    Prove me wrong.... After Pennsylvania... When He loses Big.....

    April 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. P.G.

    Congressman Tim Ryan edorsed Hillary Clinton today! That 4 Super delegates in two days. Not bad and she didn't need to spend 8 million bucks!

    April 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    Obama is a "breath of fresh air", we NEED him in the white house. Had the honor to see him speak here in Pa–he is amazing! No more of the same–please. Go Obama!!!

    April 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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