LAS VEGAS — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the super PAC supporting it have removed its state-specific ads in two battleground states, Virginia and Colorado, a sign of growing confidence in her position in the presidential race after both party's conventions.
According to a Democrat tracking media buys, the Clinton campaign has renewed its ad buys in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. But it allowed its state-specific ads in Virginia and Colorado to lapse, though it is still airing ads on national during the Olympics.
The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA also did not renew its ads in Colorado and Virginia, but spokesman Justin Barasky said that it plans to return to the airwaves in both states at the end of the month.
The pause in battleground state ads is a sign that both the campaign and the super PAC view the two states as more safe than they were before. And the money-saving effort could free up additional cash for ads in existing battlegrounds or in new states.
In a statement, a Clinton campaign official noted that there are still ads on the air in Virginia.
“With ads still on the air and organizers and volunteers in every corner of the commonwealth, the campaign remains committed to fighting hard until election day to win every last vote in battleground Virginia,” the official said.
The decisions come as a slew of new national and battleground state polls gives Clinton wide leads over the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
In a news conference on Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that he expects the electoral map to expand favorably for Clinton, including to states that have been more safely Republican in past elections.
“I think she’s doing the right thing by not dumping all her resources in Colorado and Virginia,” said Reid. “I’m confident she will [campaign] in Arizona, and I’m confident she’s going to be in Georgia.”