11/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Drowning Out McCain In TV Ads

Barack Obama's average weekly broadcast ad buy of about $700,000 in Washington jumped last week by nearly threefold to about $2 million.
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In the first three weeks of September, Barack Obama ran 1,342 television commercials in the Washington media market that reaches heavily populated and contested Northern Virginia.

According to The Nielsen Company, in the same period and market, John McCain aired just eight commercials on broadcast stations.

Similar disparities are playing out across the country as the Illinois Democrat flexes his financial muscle to outspend McCain and the Republican National Committee on television advertisements, in some cases by ratios of as much as 8-to-1.

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