12/03/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pro-McCain Outside Groups Spent $33.4 Million In Last Two Weeks

After being outspent for months, Republicans poured money into advertising in the final two weeks of the election, in hopes of countering the record fundraising by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Independent groups that supported Sen. John McCain's presidential bid by airing ads or canvassing for votes dramatically increased their spending, surpassing the lead that groups supporting Mr. Obama once held.

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