Outside spending rockets in Missouri Senate race, setting apparent record

Outside spending has detonated in the Missouri Senate race, reaching what appears to be a record in independent expenditures.

Federal Election Commission figures Friday showed outside groups have spent $23.4 million trying to influence voters in the Roy Blunt-Jason Kander contest. That’s far more than the $13.7 million spent in 2012, when Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin, and in 2010, when groups spent $10.4 million in Blunt’s first contest against Robin Carnahan.

In short: Outside spending in the 2016 race will soon exceed outside spending in 2010 and 2012 combined.

Almost all of the money will go into last-minute television advertising, although voter outreach, mailers and other tools will be used.

And the spending will almost certainly set a record. Combined with spending by the individual candidates, the cost of the Missouri Senate race may easily exceed $50 million.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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