Democrats Turn Ad Focus to Texas, Ohio

Feb 11, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Texas and Ohio appear to be in for the biggest advertising fight of the Democratic presidential race since at least Super Tuesday and possibly since New Hampshire.
Barack Obama’s campaign said today it is launching ads for both states’ March 4 primary tomorrow, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign said last week that it would begin advertising in both states later this week. Neither campaign would comment on its planned level of advertising.
While the Obama campaign is advertising in both Wisconsin and Hawaii, which have Feb. 19 primaries, the March 4 primaries are fast shaping up as the biggest potential test of the Democratic fight. The two states will be the first since Iowa and New Hampshire to get three weeks of advertising from the Democrats.
The states could become even more important for the Clinton campaign if Sen. Obama wins all three races in Tuesday’s so-called Potomac primary—primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Over the weekend, the Obama campaign won primaries or caucus fights in Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska and Washington,
While Sen. Clinton has campaigned in Virginia, her campaign has downplayed expectations for tomorrow’s primaries, looking ahead to Texas and Ohio and then to the contest in Pennsylvania.
The Obama campaign, announcing its advertising today, said it would start with an ad promoting Sen. Obama’s universal health care plan. Spanish-language advertising will launch later this week.
In the Texas ad, Sen. Obama talks about his mother’s death from cancer and her worries about being able to pay bills as her condition worsened.

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