Spending in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Roy Blunt and Jason Kander came to just a few dollars under $75 million, figures released Thursday show, making it by far the most expensive Senate race in state history.
Blunt, the Republican incumbent, spent roughly $16.2 million. Kander, a Democrat and Missouri’s outgoing secretary of state, spent $12.6 million, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Outside spending — from interest groups for and against each candidate — reached $46.2 million, easily eclipsing amounts spent in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
The governor’s race also appears to have set records, with Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, a Republican, collecting about $31 million and spending $29 million combined during the primary and general elections.
However, Democrat Chris Koster, Missouri’s outgoing attorney general, actually spent more than Greitens in the general election. Koster, who won the Democratic primary easily, deployed about $24.89 million in the general election against Greitens, who reported spending $18.68 million in the general election. Those tallies don’t include the millions of dollars spent by outside groups on each candidate’s behalf.
This year’s statewide money-raising and spending tallies are particularly noteworthy because the Nov. 8 statewide election could be the last in Missouri without campaign-donation limits. Amendment 2, which is now in the courts, restricts donations to $2,600 per candidate per election.