Presidential campaign television ads drop off in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 5, 2012 6:38 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The TV screens of Pennsylvanians are suddenly empty of presidential campaign advertising as the post-Labor Day campaign season begins.

An independent media tracker and various independent advocacy groups say no ads are running in Pennsylvania, which traditionally has been treated as an important swing state in presidential elections.

But independent polls over the summer have consistently shown President Obama, a Democrat, with a lead over his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Since mid-April, the Obama campaign and advocacy groups have spent millions of dollars on ads. Romney's campaign last advertised on TV in Pennsylvania in April.

A spokesman for Crossroads GPS, a group associated with Republican strategist Karl Rove, insists Pennsylvania is still competitive and that the group may advertise in the state again.

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