Toomey-McGinty Race among Most Hotly Contested; Political Campaigns, Parties and outside Groups Spent Nearly $27 Million to Air 25,000 Television Ads about Pennsylvania's Hotly Contested U.S. Senate Race through Mid-August, a Study Shows. [Derived Headline]

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Toomey-McGinty Race among Most Hotly Contested; Political Campaigns, Parties and outside Groups Spent Nearly $27 Million to Air 25,000 Television Ads about Pennsylvania's Hotly Contested U.S. Senate Race through Mid-August, a Study Shows. [Derived Headline]


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Political campaigns, parties and outside groups spent nearly $27 million to air 25,000 television ads about Pennsylvania's hotly contested U.S. Senate race through mid-August, a study shows.

Only Ohio's Senate race between Republican incumbent Rob Portman and former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland drew more ad spending or air time, according to the analysis by the Connecticut-based Wesleyan Media Project.

"It shows the importance of Pennsylvania's race," said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

Nationally, about $247 million has been spent to air 280,416 ads about U.S. Senate races. The number of ads is down 32 percent from the same point in 2014, when Republicans regained the Senate majority for the first time in eight years.

"With the exception of Ohio, Democrats have been able to air more ads than Republicans in the most competitive Senate races," said Travis N. Ridout, Wesleyan Media Project co-director.

An average of polling data collected by Chicago-based RealClearPolitics shows Portman holds a 6.4 percentage point lead over Strickland in Ohio, which Madonna said might be dissuading some Democratic donors from contributing.

The Democratic edge elsewhere "may reflect enthusiasm on the part of Democrats who anticipate gains -- and perhaps even a takeover -- in the Senate," Ridout said.

In Pennsylvania, where Republican incumbent Pat Toomey of the Lehigh Valley faces Chester County Democrat Katie McGinty, Democrats spent $17.4 million on TV ads through Aug. 18, nearly twice as much as the $9.5 million spent by Republicans. RealClearPolitics shows McGinty leading by an average of 2. …

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