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Anti-Trump Groups Lead Spending on Wisconsin Airwaves

Bernie Sanders has also outspent Hillary Clinton in the state by a wide margin.
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Johann Kulsic, of Burlington, Vt., carries a "Let's Dump Trump" sign as he marches toward the Flynn Center of the Performing Arts prior to an address by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign stop in Burlington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.Charles Krupa / AP, file

A pair of outside groups opposing Donald Trump have spent almost $1.7 million on TV ads in Wisconsin to try to halt Trump’s momentum before the state’s primary next Tuesday.

The ad buys by Our Principles PAC ($865k) and anti-tax organization Club for Growth ($801k) combine to make the anti-Trump effort from conservative outside groups the biggest spender to date in the state's presidential contest.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is also spending big on the airwaves, shelling out about $1.5 million, compared to just about $262,239 for Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far.

Donald Trump’s campaign has spent about $394,000 on ads in the state, less than half of the amounts spent by John Kasich and his backers ($913k) or by Ted Cruz’s combined campaign and super PAC ($844k)

Here are the total amounts spent in Wisconsin to date:

Total anti-Trump outside groups: $1.7m

Our Principles PAC - $865k

Club for Growth $801k

Total pro-Sanders: $1.5m (all from campaign)

Total pro-Kasich: $913k

Campaign: $441k

New Day for America (total): $472k

Total pro-Cruz: $844k

Campaign $502k

Trusted Leadership PAC - $342k

Total pro-Trump - $394k (all from campaign)

Total pro-Clinton - $262k (all from campaign)