Wisconsin recall pours cash into Twin Cities TV

The candidates in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election are spending more than $350,000 dollars to run ads on Twin Cities TV stations.

The ads started airing this week on KSTP, WCCO, KARE 11 and FOX 9, according to publicly available files at the four stations. The spots are scheduled to run through next Tuesday. That’s when Wisconsin voters will decide whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker should serve out the final two-and-a-half years of his four-year term.

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So far Walker has outspent Democratic challenger Tom Barrett by more than three to one in the Twin Cities media market. He’s also raised more than $20 million dollars over the last year. That’s more than five times as much as Barrett. Plus, west-central Wisconsin skews Republican. So Walker has more to gain by advertising in the market.

But most of the people who will see the ads live in Minnesota, and can’t vote in the election.

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