We know that North Carolina continues to be in the crosshairs of the presidential campaign; NBC News conducted an analysis of both spent and booked advertising, on television and radio. Only Ohio, Virginia, and Florida came in ahead of North Carolina in terms of advertising dollars.
But if you look at the total amount of money spent just on television (not including future advertising dollars already locked in), North Carolina is third, according to an analysis by Kantor Media/CMAG.
Leading the pack with the most television advertising spent so far is Florida, with nearly $80 million flooding the state, followed by Ohio with nearly $62 million spent. North Carolina comes in close behind with $59.2 million followed by our neighbor to the north (Virginia) with $51.7 million.
Those four states account for nearly 60 percent of all television advertising in the presidential campaign so far.
And the Charlotte market is at the top of the list, with nearly $26 million spent on television advertising.
Since last October when Cantor Media/CMAG began compiling these figures, the weekly trendline of spending in North Carolina has been pretty steady, especially after the state’s May 7th primary when Romney solidified his hold on the GOP nomination.
Within North Carolina’s media markets, Raleigh comes in second at over $10 million.
Considering that these numbers are through August 26, and we still have another two months to go with the general campaign, we could easily see the total amount for North Carolina double.
And with the state still a “coin-toss” race between Obama and Romney, we should all get ready. The advertising fire hose is about to be turned on full blast.