The spending in the Pennsylvania open seat — Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring — is being driven by the nasty fight in the GOP primary between television doctor Mehmet Oz and hedge fund manager David McCormick.
Oz has already spent $11.5 million on ads in the race while McCormick trails not far behind at $10.1 million. (Both candidates are spending heavily from their own personal wealth.) A super PAC affiliated with McCormick — Honor Pennsylvania — has dumped $10.4 million on ads, the vast majority of which attack Oz.
Of course, Oz got something more valuable than money over the weekend when former President Donald Trump endorsed his candidacy.
Democrats are holding their own, lower profile (and less expensive) primary with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman considered the favorite. Pennsylvania voters will make their picks on May 17.
The Pennsylvania Senate race — no matter who wins the two parties’ nods — seems destined to be among the most expensive ever.
It’s not clear whether Pennsylvania will ever get that expensive but it’s off to a pretty remarkable start.
The Point: The cost of Senate races these days is more than what many candidates would raise and spend to run for president just a decade ago. And there’s no sign the price tag is going anything but up.
Quoted from Various Sources
Published for: The Bloggers Briefing