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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money()  

A map of the United States, where state size reflects outside ad spending in the presidential contest.

November 1, 2012 We've reshaped the United States based on where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential election. The result? One weirdly telling map.

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Obama Campaign Slams Romney's Jeep Ad()  

A worker installs carpet into a Jeep Liberty at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, in 2011.

October 30, 2012 Superstorm Sandy has become the main focus of both candidates, but what politicking does remain has Toledo, Ohio, and its Jeep plant at its center. The campaigns are fighting over Mitt Romney's claim that all Jeep jobs are heading to China. Chrysler and the Obama campaign say that's not true.

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Do Political Ads Actually Work?()  

October 26, 2012 Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.

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Ad Watch Rematch: 6 Swing States, 1 Half-Hour, 87 Political Ads()  

A control room at television station WDBJ 7 in Roanoke, Va., one of the many swing state markets being inundated with campaign ads.

October 25, 2012 Since June, more than 915,000 presidential ads alone have aired on broadcast and cable TV. So what's it like to watch the local news in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia?

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Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates()  

President Obama pauses for a photo with supporters after arriving for a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.

October 25, 2012 NHPRThe Obama campaign is trying to link Republican Mitt Romney to controversial moves by the New Hampshire state Legislature on women's health. But Romney has a strong advocate in Sen. Kelly Ayotte in a state that could potentially have a female governor and an all-female congressional delegation next year.

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Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies()  

A blimp with a message in support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney flies over Plantation, Fla., on Sunday.

October 24, 2012 How do you reach an audience of more than 200,000 people a day in an important swing state without buying an expensive TV ad? If you're Mitt Romney supporter Sid Overton, you build a blimp and fly it alongside one of Colorado's busiest freeways.

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On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life()  

Aides tack up an American flag to a barn at the James Koch farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Oct. 9, ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's arrival for a rally.

October 21, 2012 Republican candidates — from presidential nominee Mitt Romney on down the ticket — have been attacking the estate tax as harmful to family farmers who want to pass on land to their children. But experts say that concern may be overblown.

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Study: Secret Donors Significantly Fueling Pro-Romney TV Ads()  

Costumed demonstrators on Oct. 3 in Denver, before the first presidential debate.

October 15, 2012 Most of the TV ads supporting Mitt Romney have come from outside groups, not from Romney's own campaign. And those groups raised more than half of their money from secret donors, a much higher proportion than the secret donors backing President Obama, according to a new analysis.

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Should TV Stations Refuse To Air Political Ads That Make False Claims?()  

October 3, 2012 The nonpartisan group Free Press is calling on stations to do just that. At the very least, the group says, stations should fact check more. A new study by the group found that stations almost never reject third-party and superPAC ads — and few of them were engaging in serious fact checking.

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Campaigns Targeting Hispanics, But With Tight Focus()  

A volunteer hands out buttons before first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Hispanic caucus on Sept. 5 in Charlotte, N.C.

October 2, 2012 In this year's presidential election, more than 1 out of every 10 eligible voters is Hispanic, and Hispanic political clout is growing. But while Spanish-language ad spending by the campaigns is eight times what was spent in 2008, that spending has been focused mainly on just seven media markets.

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