Senate Race Costliest In Mass. History

July 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Senate Race Costliest In Mass. History
" BOSTON (AP) — The candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts have raised more money from supporters than in any other election in state history — and Election Day is still more than three months away.

The amount collected by all Senate candidates through the end of June has topped $46.7 million, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

That’s more than the nearly $44.4 million spent during the entire 2010 special Senate election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, the contest that propelled Republican Scott Brown into the Senate.

The bulk of the money in the current contest — including millions in out-of-state donations — has come from supporters of Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the only candidates left in the race, signaling the importance both national parties have placed on the race.

Democrats and Republicans see the outcome of the contest as key to control of the Senate.

When the amount of money Senate candidates have loaned their campaigns in past elections is factored out, the amount raised so far in the 2012 election is even more impressive "

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