All six of this year’s most costly elections were Senate battles, with just one—the Ohio race—not categorized as a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. Here’s the list of the most expensive midterm races ever.
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This year’s midterm election expenditure broke yet another record, with contested Senate contests drawing the highest amounts.
According to the website Open Secrets, as Statista’s Katharina Buchholz explains below, the widely publicized battles for the Senate seats in Georgia and Pennsylvania were the two most expensive in 2022.
Republicans are currently outspending Democrats by about5%, according to the report. Democrats received more funds in the 2018 midterm elections.
In a fight for an open seat in Pennsylvania, former lieutenant governor John Fetterman will face off against Mehmet Oz, a former talk show personality who has Trump’s support. Herschel Walker, a former Trump administration appointee, is competing against Raphael Warnock, the current incumbent, who was elected to the senate in a special election in 2021. The Fetterman vs. Oz contest is notable in particular for the quantity of outside funding, which accounts for 61 percent of all expenditures in the contest. Only 55% of the total expenditures in the Warnock vs. Herschel race came from outside sources.
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All six of this year’s most costly elections were Senate battles, with just one-the Ohio race-not categorized as a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. Another spending record is anticipated at the state level, where Republicans are slated to spend 57 percent more than Democrats.