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HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Romney's Illinois Advantage

Posted: 03/15/2012 5:22 pm Updated: 03/15/2012 5:36 pm

Mitt Romney and Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing his bid, are set to outspend the opposition in Illinois by nearly 8 to 1 margin.

But how much can that spending get him? In Mississippi and Alabama Romney and super PAC combined to spend $9.07 on television ads per vote compared to Rick Santorum and his super PAC's $1.93 per vote. HuffPost has more on these breakdowns here.

Romney, meanwhile, just visited New York to raise money -- $3 million -- and reassure donors that he will win the nomination.

In Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch faces a tough battle to remain his party's nominee as Tea Party groups like FreedomWorks have pumped a lot of money into defeating him.

In Nevada, Democratic Senate candidate Shelley Berkley wants to enter into an agreement with Sen. Dean Heller to keep outside groups out of their race. Heller's campaign is little more than dismissive, "Yet another sideshow in the Shelley Berkley Campaign Circus."

One donor to Romney's super PAC is a very shady title lending company.

ProPublica cuts a super PAC song.

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Committee: Red White And Blue Fund
Candidate Opposed: Mitt Romney
Spot: "Meet"
Market: Illinois.
Buy: ~$300,000.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Spot: "Opportunidad"
Market: Puerto Rico. (Radio)
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Barack Obama for President
Spot: "Dinner With Barack: A Surprise For Jim"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: American Bridge 21st Century
Candidate Opposed: Richard Lugar
Spot: "Dick Lugar: The Jet Set Senator"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Scott Brown for Senate
Spot: "Scott Brown Pays Tribute To St. Patrick's Day On The Trail"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Michigan Republican Party
Candidate Opposed: Debbie Stabenow
Spot: "Don't Vote For Debbie"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: David Dewhurst for Senate
Spot: "Courage"
Market: Texas.
Buy: Undisclosed.

TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Newt Gingrich (R), $12,712,636 to support, $18,881,563 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $6,904,695 to support, $15,935,661 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $2,355,594 to support, $6,428,146 to oppose.
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,735,676 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $280,441 to support, $878,780 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

USAction, $6,637 to support Ilya Sheyman for Congress in Illinois' 10th District.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $26,844 to oppose Donald Manzullo for Congress in Illinois' 16th District.
FreedomWorks for America, $22,456 to oppose Orrin Hatch for Senate in Utah.
Susan B. Anthony List, $2,488 to support Rick Santorum for President.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

PA Liberty Delegates, Nanticoke, Penn., Treasurer: Michael T. Harrison.
Campaign 2012, Millbrook, N.Y., Treasurer: Margot Peter.

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