North Carolina’s primary election is about two weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it from watching commercial breaks on local broadcast TV stations.
A review of federal political advertising disclosures shows that as of Monday morning, no presidential campaigns had purchased an ad on any of the Triangle’s six network TV stations (commercials on cable systems don’t have public disclosure files).
Other parts of North Carolina have seen a few ads – but mainly because some TV markets include counties in South Carolina, which held one of the early primaries. WSOC in Charlotte, for example, has broadcast ads for Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
The lack of advertising is a sign that North Carolina’s shift from a May primary to a March 15 primary hasn’t led to more attention from the campaigns – at least not yet.
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TV viewers are still seeing a few political ads. Here’s who’s been advertising in the Triangle so far:
For Congress: U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers
For U.S. Senate: Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Burr and Democrat Deborah Ross
For governor: Incumbent Republican Pat McCrory
For lieutenant governor: Democrat Linda Coleman
For N.C. attorney general: Democrat Josh Stein and Republicans Buck Newton and Jim O’Neill
For agriculture commissioner: Republican incumbent Steve Troxler
For N.C. House: Incumbent Republican Rep. Nelson Dollar