Sanders & Clinton filling Connecticut TV airwaves for primary

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., argue a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two weeks until the Connecticut primary and the political TV ad battle is already under way. Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns have had state coordinators on the ground here for about a week. The air war on TV began over the weekend and this morning.

The Sanders campaign is running five different TV commercials on five different issues in the biggest political advertising blitz of the Connecticut primary. Expect to see these spots many times over the next two weeks. “It’s a delegate rich state. We think we can compete well here. We’re in a slog for delegates and the Senator is going to try and win Connecticut,” said Paul Feeney, the Connecticut Director of the Sanders campaign. Feeney says expect a Sanders rally in Connecticut sometime in the week before the primary.

Clinton’s campaign is pushing her qualifications in a single spot that’s running fewer times. Her Connecticut campaign director, Michael Mandell, says the TV advertising is intended to complement an already large volunteer effort here. “Really it’s just supporting the effort that’s already happening on the ground. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned.”

University of Hartford Political Science professor Bilal Sekou says Connecticut matters because the Clinton campaign must try to stop Sanders wherever possible, “Connecticut is on that road towards the convention so it becomes a critical place where in the past it wasn’t as critical.”

We’re told that the Clinton campaign is also considering a campaign event here with the candidate. There has been no official public polling, but you can expect that to change soon. Both campaigns are known to be doing their own internal polling.

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