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. Elle

    If Obama does not have the confidence to win PA without controlling the airwaves and spending money in an outragious and ridicilous manner he is in trouble .
    How can he maintain or safekeep a national budget when throwing money around without regard.
    OBama did so in Ohio and it did not give him and advantage.
    If he can reach so many more via media means then why does he not pull out wins in those states ?

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. pablo

    Just make sure to come together and vote against 4 more years of McBush when the inevitable finally becomes clear.

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Venus

    Go Obama! She doesn't have much money! All of her supporters are broke or have given the allowed amount! Kick her to the crub and throw a bucket of MUD on her! You just have to lost with less than 10-
    I can't wait to see her pack-it-up and hit the dusty roads and take Bill with her! Can't believe she would step foot in that state considering how many jobs her and Bill have sold to South America and China!

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Independent, Butler PA

    Obama is going to lose in PA by double digits.

    that debate showed that he is to weak to stand up to the republicans

    everyone in my community has been talking about it.

    I think the polls are wrong... i think he loss many undecideds

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Lisa from GA

    Everybody has something to say when Obama fights back.. but when Hillary " started " throwing the kitchen sink.. no one said anything.. Hillary is her own worst enemy and it is sad that she nor her supporters dont see this....
    ps Obama ... dont throw the sink at her.. throw the cabinet that holds the sink tooooooooo!

    April 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. John

    Way to buy the voters...

    April 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Mark

    Hillary who?

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Mal Sterling

    Time to finally cut the tumor that is Billary away from US politics once and for all.

    Go Obama.

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. beans, belize C.A

    At least he is not runing no fear tactic ads like what hilliary ran in Ohio and Texas.

    Obama 08 Now!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Lisa from GA

    To "Obama the Liar".. at least one of Clinton supporters realize Obama is going to the general election... and ps....tell the others supporters and also just to let you know people who type in all caps is ignorant... no need to rant and rave... its inevitable.....lol.

    April 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. no to obama

    The country has problems to be worked through but obama is not the answer.
    Clinton or McCain.........but NEVER obama. Never.

    April 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. John

    Who said Obama is lier. Obama is telling the truth. The Bosnia story, NAFTA story make Clinton a lier. They are not a misspoken words. Hillary is using all kitchen sink politics to attack using everything she has. but still she couldn't win more votes, more delegates, or more states. That is because people dont trust her. She is a lier.

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Pat Va

    Talk about arrogance!!! Hillary and Bill Clinton are the epitome of arrogance not to mention their dishonesty and constant lies and deceptions. I and so many, many more like me will never vote for her should she STEAL the nomination from Senator Obama. She would not stand a chance against McCain cause aa much as some Republicans don't like McCain or his views they hate Hillary more. She's a total disaster waiting to happen and a disgrace to women everywhere.

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Kimberly in Texas

    “I believe that Senator Obama has a rare ability to restore America’s credibility and moral authority and to get others to join us in tackling serious global problems that will determine our own well being and security,” – Sam Nunn

    Obama 2008!

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Realistic

    Looks like the very end of Hillary, since nobody will give her money any more.

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

    Obama will win Pennsylvania. There is no doubt by looking at the polls he is closing very fast in these last few days. PENNSYLVANIA IS NOT LIKE OHIO so I wish people would stop saying it is. It is more like Wisconsin which Obama blew her out there.

    April 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. bill in pa

    I can't wait until Wednesday. The politicians will have moved to North Carolina. Good riddance to both of them.

    April 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Ratgurl

    I'd like to see how the Clinton campaign budget is holding up these days. $3.3 million is a lot of money........

    Keep on pushing her, Barack!

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

    Obama is being forced to spend like crazy, Clinton has made it clear that she is in this till she has absolutely no chance to get the nomination and possibly beyond. If he doesn't give it all he's got he will have to spend more between now and the convention. Clinton is spending less because she has less to spend – less support. I just hope Obama can get this battle behind him soon and focus on the fall election.

    April 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Jason from Colorado

    Well great, let's hope it pays off. So long as Obama can stay within 10% or so of Clinton, he's done all he needed to in Pennsylvania.

    Sorry Clinton folks, buy May 6th marks the end of this election.

    Obama 08!

    April 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Dilly WA

    He can organize, inspire, motivate and raise money. Cinton has "30 years experience" and she can't manage a campaign. Who do we wnt in the White House?

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. FreshFlavor

    Lets wait to see what happens on Tuesday. If she wins by 3% then thats a loss in my book.

    Obama 08

    Lets try and keep this thing positive Barack. Leave Hillary mucking around in the gutter where she belongs. We aren't buying it.

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |

    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 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Martha, Long Beach Peninsula, WA

    Proud to contribute to the OBAMA ads...

    For the first time in my lifetime -even if I'm not as old as McCain- I have enthusiastically supported a political campaing: the OBAMA campaign.

    My vote goes to OBAMA!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. don from canada

    Well McCain thinks that Hamas supports Obama, more fear mongering just like Hillary does. Same old politics – try to win by Fear!
    Oboma is just what the U.S. needs, he is prepared to try new strategies of diplomacy over the strong arm of war. Wake up McCain the war costs trillions and didn't work, same old same old from you and Hillary. Why are you two so afraid of trying a new method, it can't be because the old strategies have been successful because we all know they have not. In case you hav not noticed there is a new wind blowing and its time for a change.

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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