December 29, 2015 10:43 pm

Billionaire Trump to spend millions on ads in Republican race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs up during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

AP Photo/Nati Harnik

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa  — Donald Trump says he will begin spending money on campaign advertising, despite what he views as comfortable leads in national and state preference polls.

The Republican presidential front-runner says he doesn’t “want to take any chances.” He spoke to reporters Tuesday on his private jet before a rally in nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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Trump says he’s planning to spend $2 million a week in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first states to vote in the 2016 presidential primary race. He has said he expected to have to spend $35 million in advertising by January 1.

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Trump drew thousands to his rally Tuesday, and says he believes those people will turn out for Iowa’s Feb. 1 caucuses — even though many were from nearby Nebraska.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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