This year’s U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania cost about $40 million, ending in the re-election of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.
The campaigns released information yesterday in conjunction with a federal reporting deadline. Casey beat his better-financed but lesser-known Republican challenger, Tom Smith.
Almost $30 million of the total amount, including money from outside groups, was spent after July 1. Smith spent almost $21 million, mostly his own money. Casey spent about $12.5 million in the two-year campaign cycle.
Including contributions from outside groups, Smith outspent Casey by nearly 2-to-1. The cost was substantially less than the 2010 election in which Pat Toomey beat Joe Sestak to succeed Arlen Specter. The cost of that election exceeded $50 million.