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14 States to Get Democratic Ads

September 09, 2004|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sen. John F. Kerry and the Democratic Party are limiting television advertising to 14 states as the fall campaign opens, curbing their ambitions for a broader playing field against President Bush. The shift reduces Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and four Southern states to second-tier status.

The Republican incumbent is likely to follow suit, perhaps by shifting money from those seven GOP-leaning states to traditionally Democratic battlegrounds.

As happens every election cycle, campaign strategies are coming into focus after Labor Day, when budgets grow tighter.

The Kerry campaign has bought time in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and Oregon. The Democratic National Committee is airing commercials in Nevada, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota.

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