1. Arizona: $ 31,487,757
2. Ohio: $ 25,323,162
3. Pensilvania: $ 20,854,762
4. New Hampshire: $ 16,835,264
5. Nevada: $ 13,877,003
Considere eso: There has ya been more than $ 30 million spent (or reserved) on ads in Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly’s bid for a full six-year term.
As CNN’s David Wright
notas, conservative groups like One Nation and Saving Arizona are running ads bashing Kelly
, while liberal groups like Advancing Arizona and End Citizens United are defending him
While spending by outside groups dominates in Arizona — where the Republican field is still very much in flux — self-funders are driving the spending in Ohio. One candidate, Mike Gibbons, has already spent $ 10 million on an ad campaign that will run through the state’s early May primary.
This sort of massive spending is already well ahead of the pace of the last two elections. Wright also notes that TV ad spending in 2022 Senate races is more than double what it was at a similar point in the 2018 o 2020 cycles.
Looking back to
2020, the five most expensive Senate races
— de acuerdo a data compiled by Open Secrets
— cost upwards of
$ 1 mil millones (!!!).
1. Georgia (David Perdue vs. Jon Ossoff): $ 260,766,995
2. Carolina del Sur: $ 239,824,140
3. Georgia (Kelly Loeffler vs. Raphael Warnock): $ 225,121,111
4. Arizona: $ 171,841,567
5. Kentucky: $ 166,500,900
De hecho, del 10 most expensive Senate races ever, nine of them were in 2020. (The lone exception — clocking in at $ 213 millón — was the 2018 Florida Senate race won by Republican Rick Scott.)
Given how much money is already being spent — and the fact that two of the most expensive races of 2020 (for Kelly and Warnock’s seats) are being re-run this November — there’s every reason to believe that the spending records set in 2020 will fall in 2022.
El punto: Spending on Senate races has begun to resemble the amounts that candidates for president will spend in a swing state. And there’s no evidence to suggest we have hit the spending ceiling — or will anytime soon.