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Trump and Biden’s ad spend exceeds $ 1 billion in key states: NPR

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According to an NPR analysis of the latest ad spend data from tracking firm Advertising Analytics, more than $ 1 billion has been spent on TV advertising for the 2020 presidential election.

Most of the money was spent on Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign and groups that support him. Biden and his allies have spent more than $ 600 million while President Trump’s campaign and groups who support him have spent just over $ 400 million.

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The money is concentrated in just six states. Nearly $ 9 out of $ 10 spent on television during the presidential race – $ 882 million – is invested in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

Overall, Biden and his allies surpass Trump and pro-Trump groups in these six key states by a staggering $ 240 million.

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Biden has tremendous advantages in five of these six states, with the exception of North Carolina, where Trump and allies lead the money race. But Trump’s campaign has stretched as he had to spend a lot of money in Georgia, Ohio and Iowa, three states that Trump won in 2016 and that are likely to lean towards Trump this year.

TV advertising spending has always been a huge part of presidential campaigns, but it could be an outsize role in 2020 with so many Americans at home watching TV amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a breakdown by state where the campaigns and outside groups are on the airwaves:

Florida: $ 257.5 million
Biden and Allies: $ 154.1 million ($ 82.3 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 103.4 million ($ 67.7 million from campaign)

Pennsylvania: $ 195.7 million
Biden and Allies: $ 121.5 million ($ 59.2 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 74.2 million ($ 26.6 million from campaign)

Michigan: $ 120.1 million
Biden and Allies: $ 98.6 million ($ 33.8 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 21.5 million ($ 15 million from campaign)

North Carolina: $ 110.8 million
Trump and allies: $ 65.4 million ($ 32.3 million from campaign)
Biden and Allies: $ 45.4 million ($ 42.5 million from campaign)

Wisconsin: $ 101.5 million
Biden and Allies: $ 62.7 million ($ 30.1 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 38.8 million ($ 10.1 million from campaign)

Arizona: $ 97.4 million
Biden and Allies: $ 59 million ($ 40.1 million from the campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 38.4 million ($ 20.1 million from campaign)

Georgia: $ 28.6 million
Trump and allies: $ 24.5 million ($ 14.2 million from campaign)
Biden and Allies: $ 4 million ($ 4 million from campaign)

Nevada: $ 27.5 million
Biden and Allies: $ 20.7 million ($ 9.7 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 6.8 million ($ 5.8 million from campaign)

Minnesota: $ 27.1 million
Biden and Allies: $ 16.3 million ($ 9.6 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 10.8 million ($ 9.3 from campaign)

Ohio: $ 18.9 million
Trump and allies: $ 10.5 million ($ 9 million from campaign)
Biden and Allies: $ 8.4 million ($ 6.9 million from campaign)

Iowa: $ 15.6 million
Trump and allies: $ 12.3 million ($ 3.8 million from campaign)
Biden and Allies: $ 3.3 million ($ 3.2 million from campaign)

Texas: $ 7.3 million
Biden and Allies: $ 7.1 million ($ 6.1 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 156,000 ($ 34,000 from campaign)

New Hampshire: $ 4.9 million
Biden and Allies: $ 3.1 million ($ 3 million from campaign)
Trump and allies: $ 1.8 million ($ 1.8 million from campaign)

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