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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 BidenCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Poll: Americans back new spending, tax hikes on wealthy, but remain wary of economic impact True immigration reform requires compromise from both sides of the aisle 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 HarrisAlabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary Never underestimate Joe Biden Prosecuting the Flint water case 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 TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence 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 ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis 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.