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Report finds $3M in political ads in TN

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A new study finds that nearly $3 million has been spent on broadcast TV advertising for state-level races in Tennessee this year.

The report by the Center for Public Integrity has found that 8,565 ads have run for and against judicial, gubernatorial and legislative candidates.

The August retention campaigns of Democratic state Supreme Court Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade involved nearly 4,600 broadcast ads. The justices and their supporters spent $929,000, while opponents spent about $538,000.

Despite the bruising TV campaign, the three justices cruised to comfortable victories.

The study found that Gov. Bill Haslam spent $666,000 on about 1,900 TV ads despite not facing any serious opposition for the Republican nomination, and that advertising in state legislative races ran at about $799,000.

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