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Politics & Government
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Romney, Stabenow far outspend opponents on ads in Michigan

A new TV ad for Senator Debbie Stabenow.
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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow are both far outspending their opponents on TV ads in Michigan.

That’s according to a report released Monday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

The report says groups supporting Romney have spent about $13 million for ads in Michigan since the February primary.

The Obama campaign and supporters haven’t spent as much in Michigan, but Obama still has a lead among likely voters, according to most polls.

Rich Robinson is with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

“These various non-profits and super PACS have kind of thrown the kitchen sink at the Obama campaign and administration for the past seven months. And in the big arc of the campaign, they haven’t really moved the needle at all, or it hasn’t moved in the right direction,” Robinson said.

The study also shows Senator Stabenow’s campaign spent just over a million dollars on ads in the past three weeks.

That's much more than former Congressman Pete Hoekstra has spent, but his campaign Monday announced a major TV ad buy.

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