More money has been spent so far on the house races than the governors race this year. According to MPR The two major parties have spent more than $6.7 million on radio, television and web ads and direct mail in those races compared to $4.7 million spent so far on the governor’s race.
Their analysts believe the gap is the product of a late start to the governor’s contest, a wider array of candidates to support and more sophisticated campaigning in lower profile races. They also point out that Republicans see the House as their best shot at having a say in policy decisions made in Minnesota next year.
Using data from the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, MPR News crunched the numbers to see just how much the political parties and political groups have spent on the Minnesota House since the start of the year.