- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new national study says Alabama ranks 14th in the nation for money spent so far on television advertising during the 2014 elections.

The study by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity says candidates in Alabama had aired more than 30,000 TV ads through Oct. 6 that cost an estimated $10 million. That’s about $2.80 per eligible voter.

The report says $2.6 million has been spent in the governor’s race, with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley accounting for $2.1 million of that.

Legislative races have accounted for $4.2 million of the state’s total. The most expensive legislative race has been in the Anniston area. The study estimates more than $1 million has been spent on TV ads in the primary and general election campaigns involving Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

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