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Analyst Expects $6B in Election Ad Spending

The 2016 elections could generate $6 billion in election year advertising spending with 66%, or $4 billion going to television, according to a new report from a Wall Street analyst.

Marci Ryvicker of Wells Fargo calculates digital will increase its share of political spending, but its gain will not come at the expense of television.

She expects digital’s share to go from a 6% share in 2012 to about 11%, or $650 million in 2016. Most of those funds will come from budgets previously assigned to print. “While every candidate will likely have a digital presence, presence is free - don't confuse ‘interactions’ with ‘ad spend,’” Ryvicker says in her report.

Ryvicker says that Scripps and Gray Television are best positioned among the pure-play broadcasters to cash in on political spending in the hottest state races for presidential electoral votes, U.S. Senate, governor, and U.S. House.

She said stations owned by Comcast, Disney and CBS should also pick up a good chunk of spending in those hot markets.

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