With control of the U.S. House of Representatives potentially hanging in the balance, money has been pouring into Washington’s Eighth Congressional District race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier.
In fact, MarketWatch.com reports the Rossi-Schrier race is the most expensive House race in the nation at $25.6 million spent thus far. Of that, $16.3 million has been spent by outside groups.
The Eighth Congressional District was created in 2012 by the Washington State Redistricting Commission and stretches across the mountains to include traditionally Republican counties Chelan and Kittitas and parts of traditionally Democratic counties Pierce and King. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert has held the seat since its inception but decided not to seek re-election this year.
Across the nation, spending in the mid-term election is breaking records, The New York Times reported. By Election Day on Tuesday, $5.2 billion is expected to have been spent, $2.5 billion on behalf of Democratic candidates and $2.2 billion for Republicans.
The most expensive race in the nation is happening in Florida, where more than $159 million is being spent in a race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, the governor.