Oct 31, 2012 2:54 AM by Associated Press

Political ads gear up for final push of campaign

NEW YORK (AP) - The campaign ad war has intensified and expanded in the last week of the presidential contest, with President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and allied independent groups making their final, full-throated advertising pitches to voters in major battleground states.

The Romney team began airing ads in Pennsylvania for the first time in the general election after venturing into Minnesota late last week, signaling a renewed effort to broaden the map of potentially competitive states. Obama's team responded in kind in both places and will go on the air in Michigan to counter a $2 million ad assault there from a pro-Romney group.

The campaign advertising effort was on track to end just as it began, with a blizzard of TV commercials aimed at undecided voters in a few states.

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