Super Tuesday ad spending nearly tops $10 million

BETH FOUHY JACK GILLUM Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Republican candidates and a few independent groups have spent nearly $10 million on television and radio ads in seven states that vote on Super Tuesday.

More than half of that total comes from the Mitt Romney-backing Restore Our Future, which is running spots criticizing Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

The infusion of cash has swelled total ad spending in the GOP presidential race to more than $75 million. That's according to a review of Federal Election Commission data and information provided to The Associated Press by several media buyers.

About $40 million has been spent by the Romney campaign and Restore Our Future to support the former Massachusetts governor.

The latest figures provide more evidence of the oversized role that these groups have played in the campaign.