It’s official: Connecticut voters are suffering more than most others from a deluge of political ads.
According to the Sunlight Foundation, the Hartford-New Haven market ranked 10th in the nation during the past week in the number of political ad files that secure television ads — 131 of them. Las Vegas topped the list with a whopping 672 ad filings in the past week.
The top 10 list also included cities in presidential swing states besides Nevada, including Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Milwaukee; Cincinnati; Norfolk, Va., and Cleveland.
Sacramento, Calif., and the Hartford-New Haven markets are the only areas in the top 10 without a competitive presidential race and therefore few presidential campaign ads. The barrage of ads in Sacramento and Connecticut are for Senate and congressional seats.
In Connecticut, those ads, from the candidates’ campaigns and from independent third party groups, are concentrated on the races between Republican Linda McMahon and Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, for Senate and the one between Republican Andrew Roraback and Democrat Elizabeth Esty for the 5th District congressional seat.