FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Jack Conway spent nearly twice as much as Republican Matt Bevin on TV ads, but it was not enough to get him elected governor.
Bevin defeated Conway by 9 percentage points on Nov. 3. Bevin spent $2.1 million on TV ads while Conway spent $4.1 million, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity.
Outside groups combined to spend $6.6 million in the race, with the Democratic Governors Association narrowly outspending the Republican Governors Association. Overall, Conway and his allies spent $7.5 million to air 19,500 commercials while Bevin and his allies spent $5.3 million to air 15,000 spots.
The data does not include radio, online or direct mail ads or TV ads aired on local cable systems. The estimates also do not include production costs.
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