Most House race ads in the country? GA-12

September saw more ads aired in the Ga-12 clash of Barrow v. Allen than any other House race in the country, with spending in support of Barrow near doubling that on behalf of his rival.

Rick Allen and John Barrow composite

A new report this afternoon shows that the bitter clash between Democratic Rep. John Barrow and Republican Rick Allen saw more TV ads aired than any other House race in the country in the month of September.

Some 4,051 spots aired in the month of September. That total figure only narrowly trailed the total number aired statewide in races for Senate and governor.

Of those, ads boosting Barrow’s candidacy had a distinct advantage. 2,611 spots were aired either by the Blue Dog or outside forces supporting him, totaling out to $800,000 in spending. Allen’s campaign and outside forces ran 1,440 spots aimed at unseating Barrow, totaling $460,000 in spending.

Despite the considerable ad advantage for Barrow, a poll released last week showed Allen trailing him by just 2 points in the conservative-bent 12th district, 44-42 percent. Allen, a Republican who is mounting his second bid for the seat, actually led Barrow 46-42 among the 74 percent of respondents who said they were familiar with both.

Granted, it was an internal poll from the GOPer’s campaign. It’s the only polling released on the race publicly, though.

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