The AP reports John Kerry has "eliminated or reduced his ad campaign in Louisiana, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and other states to meet needs elsewhere, and otherwise supportive convention delegates are wondering why." Kerry aides "are working overtime to assure delegates" that "ad money will flow back to the scaled-down states after this week's convention." The AP adds that Kerry "decided to shift money from some states to meet new needs in others, starting with an infusion for North Carolina." Kerry "re-routed $1.4 million to North Carolina for pre-convention ads, according to several officials familiar with his ad purchasing." In addition, Kerry's polling "showed that Bush was closer than Democrats would like him to be in Michigan and New Hampshire. The Great Lakes state got a $200,000 bump in ad spending. New Hampshire's ad budget is up $100,000 for July."
The Baton Rouge Advocate reports this morning that the Kerry-Edwards campaign "has reduced advertising in Louisiana in an effort to prop up other battleground states. The Democratic presidential campaign announced Tuesday that the decision was a temporary shifting of monies and that it would return to Louisiana soon." Sen. John Breaux said, "I think they consider Louisiana a very targeted, a very do-able state.They are not, in my mind, pulling back in any way." The Advocate adds a new poll by Pensacola-based Marketing Research Institute "shows Bush with a 16-point, 54 percent to 38 percent lead over Kerry."