Jeanne Shaheen Builds Lead

WMUR/University of New Hampshire is out with a new poll in New Hampshire that finds Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) jumping out to a huge lead in the U.S. Senate race over challenger Scott Brown (R) with eight-points, 50% to 42%.

Via The Union Leader in New Hampshire

Candidates, political groups and non-profits have run at least 17,700 television ads in the battle for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity.

The total spots cost around $11.7 million. That’s a slice of the $410.1 million total television advertising spent on U.S. Senate races through Oct. 27, the center reported Thursday. The study found that the fight for the U.S. Senate – in which Republicans are seeking six seats to try to capture the majority – has attracted 1 million TV ads.

A local takeaway: For the first time in three weeks, WMUR did not air the most U.S. Senate-related TV ads during a one-week period, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The center’s analysis features data from the advertising tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. The estimates are on how much each ad cost to place, not to make. It includes political ads airing on Boston stations and national cable, but not local cable.