A roundup of what we’re noticing in the Reporting Group as we dig into government data and disclosures:
Totals so far: More than $454 million spent by outside groups to influence mid-term elections. Most spending in a race in the Senate: Colorado ($32 million) followed by Pennsylvania ($25 million) and Washington ($19 million). Mose in House races: Michigan’s 7th district (Rep. Mark Schauer, D, vs. Tim Walberg, R, $8.5 million), Nevada’s 3rd district (Rep. Dana Titus, D, vs. Joe Heck, R, $7 million), Ohio’s 16th district (John Boccieri, D, vs. James Renacci, R, $6.5 million). To give an idea of the magnitude of outside spending in some House districts: The three candidates in Ohio 16 raised a total of $4.1 million. Outside spending: $6.5 million. Advantage outsiders.
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