Buttigieg targeting seven Super Tuesday states with ad campaign

Buttigieg targeting seven Super Tuesday states with ad campaign
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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE has made a major digital ad buy in seven Super Tuesday states even as his campaign attempts to maintain momentum through earlier contests like Nevada and South Carolina.

The purchase will go to ads in Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Politico reported. The ads will begin airing on YouTube after Tuesday and run though March 3, adding to a series of buys by the Buttigieg campaign in South Carolina and Nevada.

The former mayor will specifically target counties that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE in 2016 after voting for President Obama, as well as more conservative parts of Minnesota, which went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE in 2016 but by the narrowest margin in several years, and which has been a major target of Trump’s re-election campaign.

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The ads do not incorporate several southern and southwestern states where black and Latino voters form a major part of state Democratic politics, including Alabama, Texas and California, according to the publication.

Buttigieg’s weak support among voters of color was a topic of discussion at Friday’s Democratic debates, and is a key disadvantage for him in comparison to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE, who has led with black voters in most polls, and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.), who has led with Latinos in several polls and has consistently led among younger people of color.

The Super Tuesday states will also be the first time the rest of the field directly competes with former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown on the NRA lawsuit: 'Come November, we're going to make sure they're out of power, too' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE, who entered the race too late for the early contests but has blanketed the airwaves with ads funded by his personal wealth and plans to formally jump into the Super Tuesday primaries.