The general election campaign has only just begun, but the early television advertising patterns bespeak an emerging consensus that three states -- Iowa, Ohio and Virginia -- are the ultimate battleground bellwethers that could determine the outcome of the presidential race.
As of Friday, President Obama's campaign has run 10 TV ads, six of which aired in multiple states. According to Hotline's TV ad tracker, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia are the only states to be targeted in each of Obama's six multi-state ads, an early indication that the president plans to place a lasting emphasis on these three states as his top electoral priorities.
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