Hillary Clinton’s campaign will begin airing its second television ad Wednesday with less than two weeks to go before Connecticut’s April 26 presidential primary.
The ad titled Forward focuses on what Clinton would do to help improve the economy.
“American workers know how to fight back and build an economy,” a male narrator says in the ad. “So does she.” The narrator goes on to say Clinton would support new penalties on companies moving profits or jobs oversees, a new manufacturing tax credit, and a goal to install 500 million solar panel before the end of her first term.
Clinton’s primary opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, recently spent about $300,000 on an advertising buy in the New Haven and Hartford media market. Clinton’s ad buy of about $31,695, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission, is much smaller.
The only presidential primary poll of Connecticut voters released earlier this week shows Clinton with a 6-point lead over Sanders, 49 to 43 percent, among likely Democratic voters in the state.
The poll by Emerson College Polling Society found that Sanders leads Clinton 58 percent to 39 percent among voters age 18-34. Clinton holds a 51 percent to 42 percent edge in the 35-54 age group and is up 59 percent to 41 percent among voters 55-74.
Male Democratic voters prefer Sanders over Clinton 51 percent to 42 percent and women favor Clinton 55 percent to 36 percent.
University of Connecticut Political Science Professor Ron Schurin said the state party’s leadership lined up solidly on Clinton’s side, “but that seems to be having very little effect” on much of the Democratic rank and file.
Schurin said the Democrats are seeing “a philosophical gulf” between those who support Clinton and those backing Sanders. He said Sanders supporters “want to move very fast” in attacking some of the major problems they perceive in American society while Clinton loyalists are more satisfied with making incremental progress.
Sanders has won seven primary and caucus contests in a row, but Clinton, who has the support of Connecticut’s governor and Congressional delegation, is looking to end that streak on April 19 in New York.
Connecticut’s closed party primary will be held the same day as contests in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.