LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A campaign finance watchdog says $47.6 million was spent on TV ads in the Michigan governor’s race.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network says Democratic challenger Mark Schauer’s campaign and his allies spent $3.3 million airing ads. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s successful re-election campaign and his allies spent $7.7 million.

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The biggest spenders were the Democratic Governors Association, at $15.4 million, and the Republican Governors Association, at $10.4 million.

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The Michigan Campaign Finance Network says the $36.6 million spent on TV ads by outside groups was about double the previous record of $18 million spent in the 2006 campaign between Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican Dick DeVos.

According to reports, the $47.6 million was the second highest amount spent on political ads in Michigan election history, following the $54 million spent in the 2006 race.

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