The advertising air wars in the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary are set to begin this week.
Candidate Dan Onorato - who is leading in the polls and, with $6 million in the bank, has the largest war chest - made the first statewide ad buy, according to two Democratic sources. The campaign has dropped $940,000 to run ads in six television markets.
The largest buy was Philadelphia at $488,500, followed by Pittsburgh ($184,655), Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York ($101,735), Wilkes Barre-Scranton ($95,680), Johnstown-Altoona ($30,180), Erie ($38,915).
On Monday Onorato told Capitolwire news service he is prepared to go wall-to-wall to win the primary.
“Once we go up, we are going to stay up. By primary day, by May 18th, I am going to be a household name in Pennsylvania,” he said.
Onorato, the Allegheny County executive, faces Auditor General Jack Wagner, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, and state Sen. Anthony Williams of Philadelphia.
Attorney General Tom Corbett faces state Rep. Sam Rohrer of Berks County in the Republican primary.
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