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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 BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama 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 HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden 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 John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 ClintonJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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.