It’s probably no surprise to anyone watching television in Central Florida.
But viewers in the Orlando and Tampa area saw more TV ads in the presidential race last month than anywhere else in the U.S., a new study by Wesleyan University shows. Hillary Clinton and Democratic-allied organizations are swamping Donald Trump and Republicans on the air.
“In both markets, pro-Clinton ads have dominated, comprising 84 and 77 percent of total ads respectively,” the study found.
The so-called Interstate-4 corridor is the biggest battleground in the nation’s largest toss-up state. Elections in Florida often come down to who can do best in the Tampa to Orlando and Daytona Beach region.
While Orlando and Tampa ranked one and two, the West Palm Beach TV market landed eighth in the national study of the presidential race by the Wesleyan Media Project. Eighty percent of the spots running in West Palm Beach also are supporting Clinton, according to the study.
In Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race, the study found that Democrat Patrick Murphy is being vastly outgunned by Republican Marco Rubio and organizations supporting him.
Murphy just got more bad news this week — with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee withdrawing all advertising it had planned on his behalf. The move came even as a new poll showed the Murphy-Rubio contest tightening.
“Among the top 10 Senate races, the Republican candidate leads only in Florida and Ohio, two states in which the GOP candidate holds an edge in the polls as well,” Wesleyan found.
While Florida’s U.S. Senate race was declared too-close-to-call this week in Quinnipiac University’s poll, the Ohio contest looks well on its way to being over. A Suffolk University survey Thursday showed Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman with a commanding 15 percent lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland.