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Buttigieg releases digital ad in three early states

White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE on Tuesday released a paid digital ad in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada as he works to gin up support in the crucial early primary and caucus states.

The 30-second spot, titled “Light the Way,” will run on social media platforms, YouTube and Hulu in the three states. The ad features footage from a recent rally in Nevada in which more than 800 attendees lit the stage with their cellphones after a power outage.

“Even in dark times. Together, we can light the way to a better future,” text in the ad reads over the footage.

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The Buttigieg campaign declined to clarify how much money went into producing and distributing the ad, only saying it was a "substantial" buy across all three states and noting that similar ads usually run for about a week.

The ad comes as the South Bend, Ind., mayor seeks to expand support for his campaign after seeing his poll numbers stagnate in the middle tier of most national and statewide surveys. His campaign did, however, collect more than $19 million in donations in the third quarter of 2019, the third-highest haul of any presidential contender.

He is currently in fourth place in the RealClearPolitics polling index, trailing the front-runner, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE, by just more than 20 points.

Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada will host the first three nominating contests in the Democratic presidential primary throughout February, with many candidates hoping strong finishes in the states could propel them in later primaries.