The Primary on Hold: Biden and Sanders Haven’t Run TV Ads in Weeks

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic candidates are spending less on ads and focusing on digital

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Neither Joe Biden nor Bernie Sanders has run a TV ad since March 17. Photo Illustration: Trent Joaquin; Source: Getty Images
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If you can believe, it’s been less than a month since billionaire Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the presidential race after spending a record-shattering $558 million on advertising. Since then, the political world has shifted immeasurably: A vigorous Democratic primary has been usurped by nearly monolithic media attention to the coronavirus pandemic.

@ScottNover Scott Nover is a platforms reporter at Adweek, covering social media companies and their influence.