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GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan to visit Knoxville

11:05 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Knoxville Thursday for a private fundraiser.

Inside Tennessee panelist and long-time Republican Susan Richardson Williams said she is excited to attend the event.

"This will be a good opportunity to get to know him a little better," she said.

And, she told 10News she believes the event will be very productive. Richardson-Williams said it will have the potential to raise between $700,000 to $800,000.

According to the Federal Election Commission, donors in East Tennessee with zip codes that start with "379" have given all candidates about $900,000 as a whole.

She said she believes the money will help the campaign in other states.

"We're fairly confident," she said. "We hope that Romney/Ryan will carry Tennessee, we feel good about that, but we also want to help in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida."

Maryville College Political Sciences Professor Dr. Mark O'Gorman said he thinks the money will likely be used for advertisements, most of which are airing in battleground states other than Tennessee.

"Usually they say that, these days, two out of every three campaign dollars are going to media ads," he said.

And, it's a political reality he thinks many voters have become used to.

"I think people are just resigned to the fact that there is so much money flowing into campaigns," he said.

According to the Washington Post, about $129,000 are being spent on media advertisements in the Knoxville market. The Tri-Cities market, which includes parts of Virginia and North Carolina, has had about 10 times as much spent there.

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