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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:18 PM

BREAKING: Trump going dark in the midwest

Buzzfeed News

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is slashing television spending in the Midwest, canceling millions of dollars in advertising in states that carried him to victory in 2016.

He’s been off the local airwaves completely in Iowa and Ohio. The campaign also has given up at least $2 million worth of reservations in both Michigan and Wisconsin since early September. And in Minnesota, a state Trump almost won four years ago and has expressed confidence in flipping, his team already has chopped about $5 million from its projected fall TV budget.

The numbers, confirmed by the media firm Advertising Analytics, reflect a race where Democrat Joe Biden has gained a fundraising advantage over Trump and where polling suggests these states are competitive toss-ups or tipping toward Biden. The Trump campaign, meanwhile, according to data shared by Democratic ad trackers, has in recent weeks boosted its TV presence in the Sun Belt battlegrounds — Arizona, Florida, and Georgia — and Nevada, a state Trump lost in 2016.

As Trump’s retreat in Iowa and Ohio became more pronounced this week, his advisers dismissed it as a sign of strength, despite polls that show him essentially tied with Biden in both states. And Biden’s campaign has accelerated its advertising in Ohio, which at the beginning of the 2020 cycle many Democrats did not believe would be a top-tier swing state.


Remember when Trump was pledging to put $100 M of his own money into the race?

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Reply BREAKING: Trump going dark in the midwest (Original post)
brooklynite Oct 2020 OP
kimbutgar Oct 2020 #1
Statistical Oct 2020 #4
bearsfootball516 Oct 2020 #5
NoMoreRepugs Oct 2020 #6
brooklynite Oct 2020 #9
brooklynite Oct 2020 #7
kimbutgar Oct 2020 #11
brooklynite Oct 2020 #13
Iwasthere Oct 2020 #19
brooklynite Oct 2020 #41
helpisontheway Oct 2020 #20
Turin_C3PO Oct 2020 #31
W_HAMILTON Oct 2020 #35
Baltimike Oct 2020 #10
GulfCoast66 Oct 2020 #17
pat_k Oct 2020 #45
Hamer555 Oct 2020 #2
Stallion Oct 2020 #3
chriscan64 Oct 2020 #8
Fiendish Thingy Oct 2020 #12
W_HAMILTON Oct 2020 #36
Johnny2X2X Oct 2020 #14
lagomorph777 Oct 2020 #24
Johnny2X2X Oct 2020 #25
tinrobot Oct 2020 #15
onetexan Oct 2020 #46
PaxtonSahara Oct 2020 #16
Wanderlust988 Oct 2020 #30
Dr. Jack Oct 2020 #18
whopis01 Oct 2020 #21
ProfessorGAC Oct 2020 #27
cbdo2007 Oct 2020 #22
helpisontheway Oct 2020 #23
SoonerPride Oct 2020 #26
JustABozoOnThisBus Oct 2020 #28
Buckeyeblue Oct 2020 #29
Beakybird Oct 2020 #32
MyMission Oct 2020 #33
sarcasmo Oct 2020 #34
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2020 #37
mnmoderatedem Oct 2020 #38
roamer65 Oct 2020 #39
OnDoutside Oct 2020 #40
roamer65 Oct 2020 #42
SKKY Oct 2020 #43
pat_k Oct 2020 #44
Blue Owl Oct 2020 #47
Initech Oct 2020 #48

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:18 PM

1. Is the Russian fix in?

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:20 PM

4. more like Trump is dumb enough to surround himself with conmen

and everyone has been stealing from the campaign. Trump has but so has everyone else.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:22 PM

5. His campaign is broke.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:22 PM

6. This is how I am interpreting this move. Don't spend where u KNOW u are going to win.

I absolutely hope I am wrong and just being paranoid, BUT the RePutinicans will do ANYTHING to retain power.

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:23 PM

9. Please tell us how Trump "knows" he's going to win in these States.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:22 PM

7. What fix would that be?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:27 PM

11. Suppressing/ disqualifying votes and changing those voting machines totals.

Red states with repuke governors, legislatures and SOS’s are corrupted.

Don’t forget he floated the ideas of making electors vote for him despite the state totals.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:29 PM

13. Dewine is a Republican but not particularly pro-Trump

And there's no evidence that vote totals have been changed.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:50 PM

19. Do you remember this:

"I was startled to hear the reporter detail how Karen Hughes had earlier sat George W. Bush down to inform him that he'd lost the election. The exit polls were clear: Kerry was winning in a landslide. "Bush took the news stoically," That was around midnight. I will never forget it. I watched the flipping.

[link:https://www.commondreams.org/news/2004/11/06/evidence-mounts-vote-may-have-been-hacked|

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Response to Iwasthere (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:57 PM

41. I remember talking to the Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Paty...

...and asking her directly...

...and having her say “no”.

I also remember Democrats winning in Ohioan on those same voting machines.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:51 PM

20. I thought that before but lately he has sounded like a Trumpie. Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:08 PM

31. The conspiracy theories

about vote switching are tiresome. If they were really switching votes, Obama wouldn’t have been a two term president and the 2018 blue tsunami would never have occurred.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:12 PM

35. Oh, no, Dewine is certainly pro-Trump.

Just because he hasn't acted like one of the cultists when it comes to COVID doesn't mean that he isn't pro-Trump. I believe CNN interviewed him sometime in the past week or so and he said that he supported Trump in the presidential election.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:23 PM

10. That's the first thing I thought too...but once bitten twice shy. nt

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:34 PM

17. No. They've burned thru a billion in cash.

Much of it on grift. And the huge influx of cash in late summer they were counting in never came.

They have to defend in ‘safe’ places.

Nothing nefarious. Just economic.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:18 PM

45. More likely their confidence in ensuring enough Biden votes are not cast or counted.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:19 PM

2. Its looking like he doesn't have any of his own money to put in the race.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:19 PM

3. Save Alabama and Mississippi

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:22 PM

8. He'll glady pay you Tuesday

for some commercial time today.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:27 PM

12. He's saving money for court battles, that's all he has left. Nt

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:13 PM

36. Hah, that's an interesting take on it!

Never thought about that before...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:30 PM

14. Trump has to go all in in TX, GA, and PA

He’s leaving states that are toss ups because he has no choice.

He has to stay in FL too.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:55 PM

24. PA is beyond reach for him.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #24)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:56 PM

25. The he's lost.

He has to win PA or WI or MI and WI and MI are looking more bleak than PA.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:32 PM

15. He's saving the money for himself.

He's got a $400 million debt to pay.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:20 PM

46. i wouldn't put it past the Con

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:32 PM

16. He's a grifter

I think he doesn't want to waste money that he could keep for himself. He's gonna need it to fight lawsuits and pay off debt.

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Response to PaxtonSahara (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:05 PM

30. This

He's stealing the money to pay off his own personal debts. Why throw good money out of the window on silly ads when you can use it to pay off your debts?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:35 PM

18. Because he has no money

I don't care what his campaign claims or any pledges he has made about spending his own funds. They are broke and no one is going to bail them out, including Trump

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:52 PM

21. Trump has never had $100 M of his own money.

It has always been someone else's money.

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Response to whopis01 (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:57 PM

27. Oh He Had His Own Money

Operative word is had. Past tense.
He squandered a giant inheritance and huge "loans" from daddy.
He failed at finance. No wonder he didn't get an MBA. Staying in school could have held off real life for a year & a half.
But, he couldn't get into grad school.
He probably failed finance in college, too.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:52 PM

22. I think he's trying to get fewer votes to help his "fraud" case.

If he loses by less than the polls project that will give him ammo to say there was fraud.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:54 PM

23. I remember when the media was playing up how much money the Trump campaign had..

They acted like the dem candidate did not have any chance to catch up. Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 04:56 PM

26. The campaign is either broke or he plans on stealing all the money and running to another country

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:02 PM

28. He's moving the campaign from the electorate to the court system.

He may slash television ads, but is he slashing his legal staff?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:03 PM

29. I think he is just trying to keep it from being a landslide

Then he can claim there is voter fraud. If it's a landslide, he can't really claim anything.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:08 PM

32. If Biden carries WI, MI, AZ, and ME2, he can lose PA.

It's checkmate.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:09 PM

33. But Super PACs are still funding ads, against Dems

And special interest groups are also funding ads, against Biden and local candidates, so it's not like going dark means there are no ads running there for them, just not ones paid for by the campaign.

So instead of hearing "this ad was approved/paid for by the candidate" it says "paid for by this group or that group," sometimes even giving disclaimer the candidate did not approve it.

Still, his campaign doesn't have the funds that Biden or the Dems do, between donations from fired up supporters and Bloomberg's contributions to the cause, which is freedom from fascism here in the US!

This weekend I found some local repub propaganda left in my back screen door days before. 3 pieces, including 1 door handle medium sized sign for tRump, a sheet listing the conservative candidates to vote for, and a chart contrasting repug vs Dem values and agendas. My town and county is 60% red. Their list of who to vote for will be very helpful to me, knowing who NOT to vote for. Lol And they included school board candidates, which are/should be non partisan, but again, it tells me who not to vote for.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:11 PM

34. The Deutsche Bank well has closed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:20 PM

37. Remember when people believed Trump had $100m of his own money?

At best, he'd have to sell all his property, and pay off all the loans, and then maybe, under former valuations, he might have netted $100m. But now everyone would see he's desperate, and force the price down.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:29 PM

38. that makes no sense to me

Unless I'm mistaken, Iowa and Ohio are states that polls show are still in play

Living in Minnesota, I have indeed noticed a drop off in trump tv ads. Quite nice.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:42 PM

39. The Russians are pulling the plug.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #39)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:46 PM

40. They made noises about "ending the cyber war" recently, and even

Facebook are suddenly clearing out the Qanon crowd...looks like they are trying to tidy things up.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #40)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 05:58 PM

42. THIS.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:04 PM

43. Have they given up and are trying to save the Senate??

Sounds like it to me.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:12 PM

44. They know they're on track eliminate at least 5% of Biden votes. . .

That is why they are confident in states that are almost tied.

The polls assume those polled will be able to easily cast their vote and have that vote counted.

That assumption does not hold.

Unless Biden has a double-digit lead in a state, the state is at risk given how effectively they have been at erecting barriers that disproportionately stop Biden voters from casting their vote, disqualifying ballots from Biden strongholds, and intimidating voters in those strongholds with their threatening phone calls (and more direct intimidation on election day).

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:44 PM

47. Lower the lights, close the casket... Donny is dead...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 07:03 PM

48. That's a bold strategy.

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