Democratic independent spending closing gap on GOP?

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican Senate nominee in Tennessee, speaks at a Farm Bureau event in Franklin on Aug. 9, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The heavy spending by independent groups in the Tennessee Senate race shows little sign of abating despite a series of polls suggesting that Republican Marsha Blackburn has opened a lead on Democrat Phil Bredesen.

About $12.7 million has been spent in Tennessee so far this week alone ($6.9 million by Democratic groups, $5.8 million by Republican ones), while total outside spending reached $56.4 million.

As of Thursday morning, groups favoring Blackburn have spent $31.1 million in Tennessee, while those backing Bredesen had poured in $25.3 million.

The biggest spenders after the jump:

1 Senate Leadership Fund (R) $19.7M
2 Majority Forward (D) $10.7M
3 SMP (D) $9.4M
4 Americans for Prosperity (R) $5.25M
5 Black Progressive Action Coalition (D) $3.4M
6 NRSC (R) $1.5M
7 National Rifle Association (R) $1.2M
8 American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees (D) $1M
9 The Committee To Defend The President (R) $0.95M
10 Tennesseans For A Better Tomorrow (R) $0.9M


4 Responses to Democratic independent spending closing gap on GOP?

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    MarLE says:

    Ok….how does throwing good money after bad make you look strategic and smart. Stop already! You lost and she won because (altogether, now)~ she is not a Democrat. In TN that spells W-I-N-N-E-R

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    James White says:

    The Republican Party may appear conservative by comparison to the Democrats, but under the establishment wing of the Republican Party, it keeps moving to the left. But no matter how far it moves to the left, the Democrats move ever further.

    In recent decades, the Americans have experienced an erosion of their rights – the right to own property, the right to life, the right to free speech, the right to freedom of religion, and many other rights – at the hands of those who don’t believe in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

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      MarLE says:

      They are all moving that way because the American Public is moving that way. We are the ones who elected them. And in the case of the Senate race, many are choosing the lesser (moderate/go along to get along) of two evils. But the Party and the Candidate, unfortunately, will interpret this as Affirmation. Between the college-indoctrinated, the left-leaning Legal immigration of the past 3 decades, and the increasing opportunity for low-income/low-information voters to elect Robin Hood-style politicians to take help them appropriate other people’s money we are an electorate destined for an increasingly liberal shift.

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    Eddie White says:

    Ahh…the postfrom the miserables, can’t find that perfect candidate. I guess you could request a write in ballot and vote for God, but I am sure he would disappoint you to…

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