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. Sue

    So what....He complains about people in Wahsington and their power and money and look at the amount of money he is spending and he is not even being truthful!! Hillary is by far the better candidate, the stronger candidate and will be the winning candidate. Hillary gave some great speecheds today and also picked up another superdelegate. Obama has been talking about the debate for days now and is still complaining about the questionning. Please Obama let it go, it is over, you did poorly and so be it. If you think that debate was unfair and the questions asked were unfair you have no business running for President. THe debates between Republican and Democrat nominees puts that debate to shame. Hillary gets it, she understands and she will be the nominee. Also Obama has been using alot of those negative words that he said his campaign would not do. We all lie!! Look at reasons why you lie or when you lie. I have seen many debates and it gets nasty and the "lies" fly. Hillary knows politics, she has been scrutinized for years, she has no skeletons, and like I said it is only beginning. This is like pre school.

    April 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Edward M. Magee

    Hillary is the proven liar in this election.

    April 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jean

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Bart in SC

    Wow, it hurts me everytime I see the amount of money being spent on TV ADs, radio, etc. For people 40 and younger we are now living in one of the most financially difficult periods of our adult life. Yet, Obama can spend this kind of money on "buying" the nomination. Whatever happen to campaigning and getting the word out by speaking to people. I understand TV has it place but there are alot of people out their with credit card problems and housing issues. Again I say WOW. He really wants to end Hillary in PA. I hope that people in PA are smart enough to see through this attempt to buy their vote.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. teacher

    In response to: HILL YEAH April 19th, 2008 4:15 pm ET

    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.

    I was for Hillary until she start getting negative. However, her negativity turned me off. I am amazed of Hillary supporters who seem to blame every first action on her rival Obama. John McCain is looking better and better due to people like you.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Ben Gabson

    Amen to that Mal Sterling.

    Obama '08 all the way.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Jan

    I thought Hillary was too divisive for this time in history, so I voted Obama, despite some reservations, in the CA primary. But I still respected Hillary.

    Since then, ... besides divisive, I now find Hillary vindictive and a liar and one who cares more about herself than this country. Obama, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air and I no longer have any reservations about him.

    In November, I will vote Obama or none of the above.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Spanky

    Both Obama and Clinton is qualified to be President. My only concern
    is that Hillary Clinton is very emotional. She will say are doing anything to get into the White House. She will display a tearful moment or have a senior moment to gain sympathy. We need someone in office that is serious about our countries issues.
    A President that can relate to disenchanted Americans who are
    bitter. Call it what you may; angry, disappointed, unhappy or bitter.
    It all boils down to the fact we need change. New politics is what
    Obama is focusing on. McCain is way out of touch, old and psycholocially challenged.


    April 19, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Lisa from GA

    The Republicans will eat Hillary alive .. thats why they wnat her to win.. she is not and I repeat not more electable.....

    April 19, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Cowboy Jack

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

    April 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Bond_Dallas

    Obama is winning,,, Sorry for all the Clinton supporters. By the time the media stops trying to pull for your girl, trying to make this thing seem close while it is not, will be quite an epiphany for you all. This thing ended after the 11 contest winning streak. The lead is unsummountable. Sorry Rick, Cheryl, Matt, Mike and other die hard fanatics. Your girl just got beat a long time ago and I understand your fixation. I have been there,,, it's hard to concede when you are a favorite and behind in score. Sorry again,, I don't feel your pain, but do sympathize your state. You will be alright though.

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Gen. Walter Stewart

    "One of the inherent duties of the president of the United States is to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day,” said on an Obama campaign conference call on the issue of Bosnia — remarks circulated by the Clinton campaign Saturday afternoon.

    April 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Jangel

    Hillary is so yesterday. Time she just ducked out and licked her wounds. Obama's won, and he'll defeat McCain by a landslide, too. You can't stop history in the making, so sit back and enjoy.

    April 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. bk


    Go ahead and vote for the anti-american Obama. We won't.

    Clinton or McCain never Obama!

    April 19, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. joe

    Hillary you rock. You seriously dominated that debate and don't let the whiners get you down. They are hypocrites and can't deal with a strong woman...no worries...just brush them off or flip them off right back - or whatever it is Obama does to pretend he isn't a lying hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Ricardo

    Strange…..So your family values are blatant lies? Mama also said don't let someone pee in your face and convince you that it's rain. Guess some of ya'll didn't get the memo.

    April 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. vicki, PA

    Totally agree with Rick. Very well said. Mostly of Americans and the rest of world see her as a looser, thats the reason Republicans attacking Sen. Obama already as he virtually sealed nomination already. Period.

    April 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Zack

    I am surprised by Obama's negative. his deeds do not match his words. His change lowers american value. vote down him!

    April 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. J T

    winning states

    stomping the hill' out of clinton, haha

    all in a days work

    April 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Hal

    I am sure if you have all the money Obama has you should be able to buy this election. I just can't figure out where he gets all that money. If he gets only from the poor people and none from big business or from lobbyist why don't he tell us where it all comes from. I would sure like to know.

    April 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    OBAMA will win.
    OBAMA 08!

    April 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. ho tc

    Is Obama trying to BUY the White House?!! Is this the so-called "new politics"?

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Ricardo

    The Bosnia thing....was a lie plain and simple.

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. SAMO

    You simply cannot buy votes. It's the candidate, stupid!

    April 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. taylor

    obama the liar?...sound's to me like you're conceding.

    April 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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