The final campaign finance numbers are in, and it was a tie.
When campaign and outside spending is taken into account, both President Barack Obama and his allies and Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his allies spent $1.1 billion on the 2012 presidential contest.
While Obama’s campaign committee outspent Romney’s by $737 million to $483 million, the Republican made up the deficit with the help of the Republican National Committee and two super-political action committees, Restore Our Future and American Crossroads. They outspent the Democratic National Committee and the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action.
On Election Day, the race was anything but a tie. Obama won with 51 percent, the first president to win back-to-back elections with that much support since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.