Washington Senate candidates spending a combined $35 million+ on race

Incumbent Senator Patty Murray’s campaign spent nearly $21 million and Smiley spent nearly $15 million. The number is close to a record, one analyst said.

SEATTLE – The 2022 midterm elections are just days away and spending on the election is expected to break records. That could include Washington’s Senate race.

Senators Patty Murray and Tiffany Smiley are both among the top 25 spenders in the nation, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Senator Murray’s campaign spent $20,925,397.06 and Tiffany Smiley’s raised $14,796,438.17.

Both candidates combined spent more than $35 million dollars. KING 5 political analyst and former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, said it was important.

“It may not be a record, but it should be close to the record amount spent on a statewide campaign in Washington state. It tells us a lot about how important this race is to Democrats and Republicans,” McKenna said.

The money that candidates spend does not include spending from outside political groups that are often used for political ads. FEC records show Murray spending more outside.

“There is more money spent independently there for her. The fact that they have to pour that money into her defense in general says a lot about the Democrats’ prospects in this election,” McKenna said.

The scramble over who will hold the Senate seat is also attracting a lot of cash.

Senator Murray raised $18,765,793.57 and Smiley brought in $16,519,954.12

According to the FEC, the top three donors to Smiley’s campaign are from Virginia and the top three donors to DC Murray are from Washington State.

KING 5 has contacted both campaigns for information on the amount raised and spent.

A spokesperson for Murray said, “Voters should know that Tiffany Smiley is being funded by the very same extremists who helped fund the uprising and are continuing to support vote-rejectors across the country. And Donald Trump’s super PAC as well as Mitch McConnell are spending millions helping to elect anti-abortion extremist Tiffany Smiley to the Senate.While Smiley will be a rubber stamp for Mitch McConnell, Patty Murray will always bear the buck. accountability to the voters of Washington State.”

“Washington voters know that in Tiffany they have a leader who will fight for them and the issues they care about,” said Elisa Carlson, Smiley’s campaign communications director. They are energetic and engaged, which is reflected in both our fundraising numbers and our polls. For the past 18 months, Washingtonians have voted with their dollars, and on Tuesday they will vote with their ballots.”

Since the primaries, the race has narrowed. In a poll of voters in Washington, 49% of voters supported Murray and 41% supported Smiley.

“What we’re seeing here is that the overall trend not just with these two candidates but with this election in general is that the Independents are leaning Republican,” McKenna said.

As both candidates enter the final days of their campaigns, it all depends on who can put up a vote.

When it comes to voter turnout, as of Friday, King County Elections said it received 400,000 votes, slightly below the turnout at this point in the elections. midterm elections 2018. For the 2018 election, King County had a voter turnout of 76%, and election officials project voter turnout of 72% for the elections. midterm elections in 2022.

McKenna doesn’t think it’s going to stay that way. “It may be trending a bit slower than 2018 but voter intensity is at an all-time high. It’s actually pretty awesome. “

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Edmund DeMarche

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