“We’re asking patriots nationwide to show that they support the pro-growth, conservative agenda that President Trump and I are fighting for ― will you join them? Sign your name now to say ‘thanks’ to President Trump for delivering REAL results on behalf of ALL Americans!” reads the text of the Facebook ad, which also has a little video featuring pictures of Gardner and Trump side-by-side.
But if you’re a voter in Colorado, you probably haven’t seen it.
There are four versions of the ad that began running Monday. According to Facebook data, the ad has been seen the least in Gardner’s own state.
Gardner’s reelection campaign did not return requests for comment on why Colorado voters aren’t seeing the ad.
In theory, the campaign may not have chosen any geographic targeting, and the ad has simply been seen by lots of people not in Colorado. That explanation is far-fetched, however, considering Gardner is the senator from Colorado and presumably has a significant number of Colorado connections on Facebook.
Additionally, every other Facebook ad Gardner is running is being seen in Colorado.
The other explanation is that the Gardner campaign deliberately excluded it from Colorado.
Gardner is one of the most at-risk senators in the 2020 cycle, with Democrats looking at it as one of their best pickup opportunities. The state increasingly leans blue, and Democrats have won the presidential election there the past three cycles.
Gardner is facing off against John Hickenlooper, a former governor who remains popular but who had a series of missteps this spring.
The Trump relationship is tricky for Gardner. On the one hand, completely disowning the president could anger GOP voters, donors and even Trump himself, but being seen as too close to Trump could turn off energize Democrats and turn off independent voters who make up a...