LAS VEGAS (AP) — Politicians have spent more than $30 million this year on television ads in Nevada in hotly-contested residential and congressional races.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent more than $240,000 on TV ads in Las Vegas in late August alone — much more than President Barack Obama.

Las Vegas television executives say they’ve never seen this kind of spending before. The city ranks in the top five markets for political ad buys ahead of the November elections.

In the race to fill the Senate vacancy left by John Ensign, Republican Dean Heller and Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley together spent nearly $80,000 on TV ads over 15 days ending Sept. 10.

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