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.
A version of this article appeared in the August 29, 2018 edition of Education Week as In Midterm-Campaign Ads, Education Is a Wallflower