Published by Adotas: 2018 Midterm Elections Analysis: Local TV Ad Spend in 10 Key Senate Races

Posted on by Mark Gorman


Mark Gorman shares his insights with Adotas on political advertising’s impact on the 2018 midterm elections after analyzing $256 million in political ad spend dollars

If you’ve caught a glimpse of the news these past several weeks, you likely know a record-breaking number of political ads were purchased during this general election season than in any previous midterm. When it comes to elections, local TV is a key player in how politicians reach constituents to drum up support for their campaigns and to overall encourage voters tADOTAS-Midterm-election-blog-headero visit the polls on election day. We thought it would be interesting to assess the value each major party and their respective candidates placed in local broadcast for these purposes, so to do this we analyzed more than $256 million worth of political ad sales from senatorial candidates in the 10 toss-up states for the duration of each state’s 2018 general election campaign.

We started by looking at the most comprehensive full month in which the race began and tracked scheduled advertising through November 2018. This is not the definite total local broadcast spend from all candidates, but we service 173 of the 210 Nielsen media markets, capturing a representative snapshot of the total local TV ad spend figures across the country.

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