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In Midterm-Campaign Ads, Education Is a Wallflower
Watching to see if a "blue wave" helps Democrats take control of one chamber of Congress next year? Don't expect a lot of education talk to wash up on shore.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has worked with CMAG Kantar Media to study how often different issues like education, health care, immigration, and taxes, as well as President Donald Trump, were mentioned in House and Senate campaign ads since the beginning of this year.
Mentioned by just 31,582 ads in 2018, education appeared in the second-fewest ads among the 11 issues and people studied. In fact, only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got fewer mentions. By contrast, more than five times as many ads mentioned health care than the number that mentioned education.
Vol. 38, Issue 02, Page 4Published in Print: August 29, 2018, as In Midterm-Campaign Ads, Education Is a Wallflower