Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is halting its television advertising in North Carolina and six other states next week while the Democratic convention is being held.
The campaign of Republican John McCain immediately questioned whether the Obama campaign was pulling out of states where it was losing support, reports Rob Christensen.
But an Obama spokesman said the suspension of the advertising campaign was not a signal of any lessening of interest in North Carolina.
"The Obama campaign is committed to North Carolina and nothing shows that more than that Sen. Obama was here on Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Paul Cox, a spokesman for Obama in North Carolina.
Cox confirmed that the Obama campaign was suspending its ads in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alaska, Montana and North Dakota. Those states have tended to be Republican-leaning states in presidential contests, and Obama’s efforts there represented a gamble.
Several of those states, particularly Florida and Virginia, are almost certain to be battleground states in the fall.
Officials with Obama's national campaign have told several news organizations that the advertising is being suspended for the duration of the National Democratic Convention next week.
Read more after the jump.