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Senate Advertising Bigger Than Presidential in Year of Trump

In 2008 and 2012, general-election ad spending for White House races exceeded combined total for Senate races at this point of campaign.
The flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 19, 2011, in Washington.
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In another sign of the unusual nature of this election year, slightly more has been spent thus far on general-election broadcast television ads targeting U.S. Senate contests than on those for the White House race.

A Bloomberg Politics analysis of data from ad-tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG shows $129.3 million has been spent through Aug. 29 on the general-election phase of 18 Senate races, compared to $128.4 million that's been plowed into TV ads for the presidential campaign.