(Newsroom America) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the GOP itself and a range of outside Republican groups are entering the final weeks of the election a nearly $46 million advantage, which will come in hand for last-minute advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts, USA Today reported Monday.
The advantage could prove substantial in a close election but analysts have not speculated as to whether it will ultimately push Romney to a victory.
Through the end of September both Romney and President Obama collectively have raised about $2 billion, giving them "ample cash to devote legions of staffers to swing states," said the paper.
Both men and their allied groups have prepared a new round of campaign advertising over the weekend in advance of their third and final debate in Boca Raton, Fla. The debate will focus on national security.
"There's certainly no shortage of cash to do the things they need to do between now and Election Day," Costas Panagopoulos, a Fordham University political scientist, told the paper. "As helpful as money can be in an election, it can also have the potential to backfire given how concentrated it is in battleground states."
"In places that have been targeted for months, there are some people who just can't wait for this election to be over," he added.
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