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Outside groups’ cash pours in where Senate races are close

INDIANAPOLIS | Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races, such as Indiana and Montana, where residents are less accustomed to a relentless barrage of attack ads on TV.

While the most expensive Senate battles are being fought in presidential battlegrounds such as Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Republican-leaning states, such as North Dakota and Arizona, aren’t being left out.

Campaign finance analyst Darrell West said outside groups get more bang for their buck in smaller markets such as Fargo, N.D. For example, Karl Rove’s Crossroads groups announced $4 million in ad buys Tuesday targeting competitive Senate races in North Dakota and Montana as well as Florida and Virginia.

Despite a 2-to-1 outside spending advantage, Republican chances of taking control of the Senate have shrunk.

From wire dispatches and staff reports