Roby Brock reports on his Talk Business blog that Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson purchased "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in broadcast television time for campaign advertising that will begin no later than Oct. 16.
There is a campaign finance angle to this story as well.
Finance reports filed this month showed Hutchinson with $1,158,305 in the bank, as compared to $1,289,055 for his Democratic opponent, Mike Beebe.
However, Brock points out that Beebe's figure represented his bank balance after his campaign purchased over $1 million in television advertising.
But Hutchinson waited until after filing his finance report to make his TV buy, which means the cash-on-hand difference between the campaigns is now likely wider by "hundreds of thousands of dollars."