Cost of Pa.’s US Senate election totals about $40M

    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.

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