Ads from the Bayou

The Louisiana primary is tomorrow! Looks like Santorum has the edge there, leading Romney in the most recent poll by 14 points.

Unlike previous races, the advertising expenditures are pretty even. Romney apparently doesn’t care enough to spend a bundle, but the Super PAC supporting him spent about $600,000 and the Red, White and Blue Fund, which supports Rick Santorum, has spent just under $500,000 to advertise in Louisiana. Read more of this post

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McCaskill Ad Wars continue

I was totally going to write about something else, but there’s a new anti-McCaskill ad that’s just too good to pass on.

Take a look at the amazing, clever framing in this ad:

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Tools for Tracking the 2012 Race

You have your Politico and your Drudge Report and your Instapundit and your Gawker and your Mother Jones and your lamestream media.

There’s also RealClearPolitics, whose poll database is quite impressive. I especially like to look at the extremely bumpy, crazy-looking graph of the national poll numbers for the GOP presidential candidates over the course of this primary. It’s pretty entertaining. And you get to reflect on all the different not-Romney front runners we’ve enjoyed. Read more of this post

More McCaskill Ads

You’ve seen the “Government Run Healthcare” ad. But what about McCaskill’s defense? Until recently, she hasn’t been spending any of her money on advertising. She’s the incumbent – granted, in a state that Obama lost by a narrow margin (fewer than 4,000 votes) – which gives her an enormous advantage in terms of name recognition, media coverage and resources.

But there’s no doubt she’s vulnerable. Polls have her neck-and-neck with the leading Republican candidate, Sarah Steelman. Steelman, the former treasurer of the state of Missouri, has been unable to get her fundraising efforts rolling. It’s the classic Catch-22 of campaign finance. People don’t want to donate unless they think the candidate is likely to win – but candidates often can’t get their name out there through advertising unless they have money. So far, Steelman’s biggest campaign contributor has been herself – she gave $770,000 to her campaign.

So far, all the advertising in the race for the Missouri Senate seat has been done by outside groups – a fact McCaskill capitalized on in her first ad.