Washington (CNN) – The Obama campaign has taken the extraordinary step of booking $77 million in additional ad time starting Friday and running through Election Day, a Republican ad buying source told CNN.
The new buy is for thirty second broadcast TV spots that will run in eight battleground states.
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Through Thursday Team Obama will have spent at least $106 million in general election ads – more than twice what the Mitt Romney campaign has bought. This buy will bring his total media purchase so far this cycle to almost $190 million.
However, GOP groups, such as American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS and Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney have helped to give Republicans an overall spending advantage in recent weeks for ad spending compared to the Obama re-election campaign and its supporters.
As the general election media war heats up – especially after the party conventions wrap up – this move will allow the re-election campaign to ensure it can place its commercials in these key battlegrounds although the move could take a major dent out of its bank account.
Voters in these battleground states have already complained they have been inundated with political commercials – which in recent months have been largely attack spots. However, from all indications that onslaught will continue. Republican-leaning groups are expected to spend around $1 billion in presidential and congressional races this election cycle with a majority of that money being devoted to ad spending, sources familiar with the groups have told CNN.
Team Obama had no comment on this latest buy.
Politico first reported earlier this week that Obama's campaign was reserving ad time through Election Day.
Here is the breakdown of the new Obama buy:
New Hampshire: $4,939,620
North Carolina: $7,647,844
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