Missouri Senate Race was one of the Most Expensive for Candidates

Missouri’s rough and tumble US Senate race was one of the most expensive in the country in 2012.
The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) says the candidates who ran for the senate this year spent almost $33 million dollars on the campaign ($32,912,609). That includes candidate spending in the Missouri Republican primary. Businessman John Brunner spent 8 million of his own money in a losing cause. The CRP totals do not include outside spending which is estimated to have been another $10-12 million dollars.
The most expensive Senate campaign for candidates, according to CRP, was in Massachusetts. Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Scott Brown. Together, they spent more than $70 million dollars.
The Virginia Senate race, won by Kansas City native, Democrat Tim Kaine, was another very expensive campaign in 2012.
Kaine defeated Republican George Allen in another tough fight that drew national attention. The total spending in that race, including outside groups, Candidates in Virginia, and outside groups, according to CRP went over the $82.4 million dollar mark, making it the most expensive US Senate race in the nation.
. More than half of that was from third party groups trying to influence the race.

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One Response

  1. I’m curious…in those expensive races, did the winner far outspend the loser? In other words, is there a correlation (whether causal or not) between heavier spending and winning?

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