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WMP Issue Spotlight
Advertising Issue Spotlight (8/1/22 – 8/31/22) 2022 ElectionsReleases

Advertising Issue Spotlight (8/1/22 – 8/31/22)

(MIDDLETOWN, CT) September 16, 2022 – The Wesleyan Media Project is releasing the first post in a series of regularly updated overviews of issue mentions in federal races by state. Below we show the percentage of ads mentioning seven key issues tracked by the WMP (abortion, energy/environment, guns, health care, immigration, inflation, public safety). The post covers ads from all sponsors (candidates, parties, and outside groups) aired on broadcast TV in U.S. House and U.S. Senate races from August 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022. Note that percentages across the columns may total more than 100 percent because ads often…
Wesleyan Media Project
September 16, 2022
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Democrats Spend Heavily in Senate Races 2022 ElectionsReleases

Democrats Spend Heavily in Senate Races

Photo Moussa81/iStock Digital spending significant in Senate races; Abortion is still a top issue for Democrats in House and Gubernatorial races(MIDDLETOWN, CT) - September 8, 2022 - Democratic candidates are spending heavily on broadcast television advertising in U.S. Senate races, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project.  In fact, as Table 1 shows, the top five advertisers on broadcast television over the past month have been Democrats.  Val Demings in Florida, Mark Kelly in Arizona, and Raphael Warnock in Georgia have each aired over 7,000 spots on broadcast television, while Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin and Tim Ryan…
Wesleyan Media Project
September 8, 2022
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Two Million TV Ads So Far in the 2022 Midterm Elections 2022 ElectionsReleases

Two Million TV Ads So Far in the 2022 Midterm Elections

Photo Gage Skidmore/FlickrDems talk abortion, while GOP looks to change the narrative; Outside Groups Invest Heavily(MIDDLETOWN, CT) August 11, 2022 - Over two million ads (at a cost of nearly one billion dollars) have aired on broadcast television in federal and gubernatorial races across the country between January 6, 2021, and August 7, 2022, according to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project. Overall, the volume of ads is up 25.5 percent over the volume of ads during the same period in the 2018 election cycle with larger increases coming from federal contests compared to gubernatorial ones. Outside groups…
Wesleyan Media Project
August 11, 2022
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2022 Midterm TV Ad Volume Off to a Record Start 2022 ElectionsReleases

2022 Midterm TV Ad Volume Off to a Record Start

Photo Gage Skidmore/Flickr Outside Groups Airing a Third of All Ads; Spotlight on Abortion, Immigration, and Guns (MIDDLETOWN, CT) June 23, 2022 - Driven by competitive primaries for U.S. Senate seats and gubernatorial races, the volume of advertising on television so far in the 2022 midterms is shattering records, according to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project. Between January 6, 2021, and June 19, 2022, U.S. Senate contests have seen just over half a million television ad airings, which is a 66 percent increase over the volume of Senate ads in 2020 and a 227 percent increase over…