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


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