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Election to bring political ads nauseam to N.C.

Posted August 18, 2008

— North Carolina appears to be in play up and down the ticket in the November election, prompting millions of dollars in advertising from candidates and special-interest groups.


"North Carolina is the only state in the entire country that has a targeted presidential race, a targeted Senate race and a targeted gubernatorial race by the national parties," said Jerry Meek, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

The U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole and Democratic challenger Kay Hagan has already generated more than $1 million in television ads from outside groups. Dole will begin airing a new round of ads Friday that a national campaign committee paid more than $675,000 to air in Raleigh, while another national committee spent $1 million for Hagan ads.

"Senate races nowadays are not just state-level races anymore because the control of the U.S. Senate is at stake," Meek said.

Republicans admit North Carolina is critical for presumed GOP presidential nominee John McCain to win the White House.

"I think it's fair to say we have to win North Carolina. I mean, it will be hard to conceive losing states like North Carolina," said Frank Donatelli, deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Donatelli said the GOP isn't taking anything for granted and plans to match the Democrats in spending to win the state in November.

"We're keeping our eye on North Carolina. We will spend what we have to to win the state," he said.

That means almost daily doses of McCain, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Dole, Hagan and gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Beverly Perdue on television and radio in the coming weeks.

"It's going to be a competitive process between now and November. I hope people don't get sick of all the TV commercials," Meek said.


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  • wonderif Aug 19, 2008

    I do agree however, that I am SICK of all the ads. Why can't folks just run on what THEY have and can do instead of slinging cr** about others?
    Waste of money IMO

  • patrick85ed Aug 19, 2008

    It should be ILLEGAL for all these candidates to run ANY adds prior to 6 months before the election in which they are running. I for one am sick and tired of all these "campaign adds" that start running a year or more prior to the elections. I mean come on, you really do not know who you are going to vote for and will make decisions based off these adds? Yeah right.

  • blackdog Aug 19, 2008

    ....all that money ....billions and billions...could be spent on something more important and permanent ....like education, transportation alternatives, or lower taxes.

  • CoCo Aug 19, 2008

    Good headline for the article - and hey, political AND truthful!!!

  • Tidbit Aug 19, 2008

    I agree - the ads are disgusting. Most are so misleadingly inacurate that they should actually be pulled from the airwaves.

    Like the ad against Dole saying she's ranked 93rd in effectivness. Then you go to Congress.org and find out that the only reason she scored that slow was because she hasn't been in the Senate long enough to have any clout (as Congress defines Clout). So if Dole hasn't had enough time, LOL Hagen would be even lower!

    But ads like that make me sick. And Obama's "Fast Track" Alternative Fuels? But if you research that a little further? You'll be paying 17% more in electricity, 12% in natural gas and there is nothing in place yet to store the energies he's wanting to fast track, so the dependence will still be there on regular "on demand" fuels. So he's not fixing anything other than taxes on our paycheck for things that might not even work.

    I hate ads - Sheep follow them...

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Aug 19, 2008

    "Election to bring political ads nauseam to N.C."

    It could not have been said any better. Most of these ads are pretty nauseating...wait, it said ads nauseam, oh well, pretty much the same thing.