Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - An independent group backing Mitt Romney confirmed it will spend $2.3 million to run TV commercials on South Carolina airwaves in support of the former Massachusetts governor's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
The move by the super PAC "Restore Our Future" comes as a third party group supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also gets ready to go up on South Carolina airwaves with multi-million dollar ad buy to run commercials that are critical of Romney's record on creating jobs when he headed the private equity firm Bain Capital.
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South Carolina holds the third contest in the primary and caucus calendar, with its January 21 primary coming 11 days after New Hampshire's primary.
"Restore Our Future" went up last month on Iowa TV with aggressive ads that were critical of Gingrich's record. Gingrich has acknowledged that the negative spots that flooded Iowa airwaves contributed to his plunge in the polls and to his disappointing fourth place finish in last week's caucuses in the Hawkeye State.
"Restore Our Future" went up with an ad on South Carolina TV starting on December 27 that touts Romney's record as a businessman and also highlights his efforts to save the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from controversy. The Super PAC isn't willing to describe what kind of future spots it will put up as part of this buy in advance of the South Carolina primary.
News of the ad buy in S.C. was first reported by The New York Times.
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