Sorry to inform you, but there is more evidence today of Pa's declining status as a battleground state.
Pennsylvania is not among the six states where the Obama campaign is running its latest ad on Mitt Romney's record on women's rights, according to Politico's Morning Score. (Women voters look to be key in November: the Romney camp has tapped two women governors, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, for key speaking roles at the GOP convention in Tampa; and President Obama has a 20-point edge with women in Wisconsin, helping him greatly in that swing state.)
A conservative nonprofit is passing over Pennsylvania too in a billboard campaign hitting Obama's economic record. It's running in 10 states.
Pittsburgh continues to see some ad spending though. All 4 of the city's broadcast TV stations have now begun loading data from the their public political files onto the FCC's website, and they show the NRCC and the DCCC will duke it out on the airwaves in October, and the Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity will be on air attacking Obama admin policies from late this month through Labor Day. (We don't have exact numbers as the links are not yet live on KDKA-TV's website.)
UPDATE: In PA12, Democratic incumbent Mark Critz has reserved about $32K in Pittsburgh airtime from mid-October through the election, and GOP challenger Keith Rothfus has reserved $47K in broadcast spots during the same period. Their district is in the Johnstown/Altoona TV market too but it is not covered by new FCC rules on uploading political files.
There was a whopping $40 million spent on the presidential race across all the battleground states last week. (First Read)
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