- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch isn’t running any television ads in Iowa, but an aide insisted Tuesday that it isn’t a sign the campaign has run out of money.

After Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign issued a news release about Hatch ads going off the air, Hatch campaign manager Grant Woodard acknowledged the campaign wasn’t currently running any TV ads and hadn’t reserved any future airtime.

The campaign ran television ads from Sept. 9 through Monday, and Woodard said the campaign will air ads again before Election Day.

“We’re just trying to be as judicious with our resources as we can be,” Woodard said.

Branstad campaign manager Jake Ketzner said the 67-year-old governor, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, is airing ads statewide and even in Quincy, Illinois, which reaches into the state’s southeast corner.

“It’s devastating news for his campaign that just 35 days out his campaign is essentially broke,” Ketzner said about Hatch. “If he can’t manage his campaign checkbook, how can he manage the state’s checkbook?”

Campaign financial reports show Hatch’s campaign had $183,000 in cash on hand in July, the most recent reporting period for which records are available. Branstad’s committee had $4 million.

Branstad appears on track for victory come November 4. A Des Moines Register poll released Monday shows 48 percent of likely voters supporting Branstad and 34 percent backing Hatch. The poll of 546 likely voters, conducted between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24 by Selzer & Co., had a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

Branstad has been touting a commercial property tax cut and education investments achieved during his current term, as well as Iowa’s low unemployment rate as reasons for re-election.

Hatch, 64, has argued Branstad lacks new ideas and says he will boost the minimum wage and cut taxes on middle-class families.

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