Chart: Tampa #4, Orlando #5 political ad markets in presidential race

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Ad Week rounds up spending, indicating that the top five political ad markets are (in order): Cleveland, Las Vegas, Denver, Tampa, and Orlando:

Despite the limited number of battleground states, political ads are already causing grief for ad buyers, who must contend with tightening inventory in a political ad field that also includes congressional and state races. “We’ve had to fight in some markets to keep our spots in,” said Ellen Drury, managing partner and president of local broadcast for GroupM. One sure sign things are ramping up: TV stations are alerting her about inventory tightening up. “The first five months of the year, we didn’t get those calls,”

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