Roanoke and Lynchburg are the second biggest market for campaign and PAC spending in the presidential race
The presidential election is five months away, but it already feels like we’re in the heat of the campaign, judging by the ads on television.
Well, there’s a reason for that. The Associated Press’s Beth Fouhy and Thomas Beaumont report that Virginia is one of the nine states targeted by the presidential campaigns and super PACs:
Most commercials the campaigns and super PACs are running are only airing in nine states, offering a window into the places both sides believe will decide the outcome of the election. They are: Florida, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada and New Hampshire. Combined, these states offer 120 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win the White House.
And check it out: Roanoke/Lynchburg is ranked second on the list of top 10 advertising markets. Here’s the full list in order: Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond-Petersburg, Va., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; and Des Moines, Iowa.
(H/t to Politico’s Mike Allen, who had this as the top item on his daily Playbook today.
– Mason Adams