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**FILE** President Obama (left) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walk past each other onstage Oct. 22, 2012, at the end of the final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. (Associated Press)

Tools for tracking political ads

If you live in a swing state, thinking about political ads more than you already have may be the last thing you want to do. But broadcast advertising is the most expensive part of any political campaign, and how candidates use it gives clues about what locations and what demographics they deem important.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, gavels open the abbreviated first session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Priebus: It's Benghazi and the economy, not Mourdock

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that issues such as the economy and the Libyan consulate attack are much more important to the nation's voters than controversial comments made by Republican Senate candidates Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.