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Biden campaign expands advertising push in Georgia and Iowa

Biden campaign expands advertising push in Georgia and Iowa
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE’s campaign is expanding its advertising offensive in Georgia and Iowa as the former vice president looks to broaden his path to the White House ahead of November.

The new advertising push in Georgia is geared toward Black voters. One spot focuses on the Democrat's criminal justice reform proposals, including plans to abolish private prisons and end cash bail, while another spot highlights Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (D-Calif.) as the first Black woman on a major political party’s presidential ticket.

In Iowa, the campaign is launching ads touting Biden’s leadership experience, as well as his plans to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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The ads will run on both television and on digital platforms.

The new ad blitz underscores the Biden campaign’s efforts to expand the electoral battlefield beyond core states, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida, where recent polls already show him with the lead. 

Some Democrats have expressed concern that Biden may be squandering opportunities in other states that President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE carried in 2016 but where recent polls show a close race — including Georgia and Iowa. 

Trump has already paid visits to states that former Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Beau Biden Foundation to deny lobbyist donations, make major donors public Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE won in 2016, including New Hampshire, Nevada and Minnesota. Minnesota, in particular, has emerged as something of an unlikely battleground this year, with the Trump campaign investing some $14 million there in an effort to flip it in November.

There are signs that Georgia and Iowa may be in reach for Democrats this year. The FiveThirtyEight polling average in each state shows Biden trailing Trump by less than 2 percentage points. Democrats are also investing heavily in competitive Senate races in both states.