Sanders Is Outspending Clinton on the Airwaves This Week

Image: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand together before the start of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand together before the start of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mike BlakeMIKE BLAKE / Reuters

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By Mark Murray

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign this week is outspending Hillary Clinton's in terms of political advertisements, according to ad-spending data from NBC News partner SMG Delta.

Sanders has spent a combined $900,000 over the airwaves in the early nominating states, while Clinton has spent slightly more than $750,000 in those same states. For the entire presidential race, Clinton has outspent Sanders over the airwaves, $13.8 million to $9.6 million.

The Vermont senator certainly has enough money: The Sanders campaign said it raised $33 million in the 4th fundraising quarter (from October to December) -- just $4 million less than Clinton's haul.

The biggest overall ad spender this week was Jeb Bush and his allies, with his campaign and Super PAC spending a whopping $4.8 million in ads – more than five times what Sanders has spent.

The biggest ad spenders this week (from Jan. 3-9):

  • Team Bush: $4.8 million in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and national cable
  • Team Rubio: $3.8 million in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and national cable
  • Team Trump: $1.2 million in Iowa and New Hampshire
  • Team Sanders: $904,000 in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina
  • Team Clinton: $758,000 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina
  • Team Christie: $721,000 in New Hampshire
  • Team Kasich: $640,000 in New Hampshire
  • Team Cruz: $463,000 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina
  • Team Carson: $340,000 in Iowa