Mitt Romney and 10 0allied groups ran television ads in Pennsylvania in the past week, a last-ditch effort to shift the Democratic-leaning state’s 20 electoral votes to the Republican column in today’s election.
The pro-Romney side supplied 5,115 of the 8,052 ads, or 64 percent, on Pennsylvania broadcast stations in the seven-day period ended Nov. 4, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, a television ad tracker. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign supplied 2,840 ads, or 35 percent.
Romney’s campaign accounted for 1,057 ads, or just 21 percent of the total Republican ads. The rest of the pro-Romney groups on Pennsylvania television read like a who’s who in Republican super-political action committees and non-profit groups.
American Crossroads, a Republican super-political action committee, provided 889 ads, followed by Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super-PAC, with 822 spots. The Republican National Committee provided 625 spots and American Future Fund, a nonprofit founded by Iowa Republican political operatives, placed 535 spots.
Here are the rest of the Republican-leaning groups: Americans for Prosperity (409 ads), a non-profit group founded and funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch; Super PAC for America (285), linked to political commentators Michael Reagan and Dick Morris; Americans for Job Security (281 ads), a non-profit group; 60 Plus Association (116 ads), an advocacy group representing seniors; the American Energy Alliance (88 ads), which ran ads in Pittsburgh and Johnstown attacking Obama’s proposed cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions; and the Republican Jewish Coalition (8 ads).
Obama’s most popular ad in the Philadelphia market attacked Romney on abortion. The president’s most-aired ad in Pittsburgh accuses Romney of favoring large tax cuts for wealthy income-earners, noting that he paid about a 14 percent rate on more than $20 million in income in 2010.
Obama got a little help on Pennsylvania television from Patriot Super PAC, a pro-Democratic group that paid for 74 ads on Pittsburgh television linking Romney to Bain Capital LLC, the Boston-based private equity company he co-founded.
Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist, ran 23 ads.
Pennsylvania last voted Republican for president in 1988. Obama carried the state by 10 percentage points four years ago. Most surveys show Obama with a smaller edge in the state.