Buttigieg targeting seven Super Tuesday states with ad campaign

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE has made a major digital ad buy in seven Super Tuesday states even as his campaign attempts to maintain momentum through earlier contests like Nevada and South Carolina.

The purchase will go to ads in Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Politico reported. The ads will begin airing on YouTube after Tuesday and run though March 3, adding to a series of buys by the Buttigieg campaign in South Carolina and Nevada.

The former mayor will specifically target counties that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016 after voting for President Obama, as well as more conservative parts of Minnesota, which went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016 but by the narrowest margin in several years, and which has been a major target of Trump’s re-election campaign.

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The ads do not incorporate several southern and southwestern states where black and Latino voters form a major part of state Democratic politics, including Alabama, Texas and California, according to the publication.

Buttigieg’s weak support among voters of color was a topic of discussion at Friday’s Democratic debates, and is a key disadvantage for him in comparison to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, who has led with black voters in most polls, and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who has led with Latinos in several polls and has consistently led among younger people of color.

The Super Tuesday states will also be the first time the rest of the field directly competes with former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, who entered the race too late for the early contests but has blanketed the airwaves with ads funded by his personal wealth and plans to formally jump into the Super Tuesday primaries.

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