When all the cash is counted, Virginia is likely to win the distinction of having had the nation's most expensive Senate race.
The campaigns of Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine raised a combined $30 million, the fourth-highest total of any Senate race this year. But outside interest groups pumped nearly $48 million more into the state, hoping to sway a contest that could decide which party ends up controlling the Senate.
That nearly $78 million spent so far in Virginia is the most spent in any Senate contest this year. Only the presidential race has attracted more money, the Center for Responsive Politics reported.
|Top spending in Senate races (in millions)|
|Source: Center For Responsive Politics|
Neither Kaine nor Allen raised as much money as the Senate contenders in Massachusetts. The campaigns of Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Scott Brown raised a total of $65.4 million. But outside groups spent only about $5 million in Massachusetts, so that race ranks behind Virginia's in total spending.
The second-heaviest spending by outside groups in a Senate race was in Wisconsin, where former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, is battling Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin. Outside groups spent nearly $40 million there, but the campaigns themselves injected just under $18 million, putting total spending at $58 million, or about $20 million less than in Virginia.