Independent groups have nearly doubled their spending in the Washington state Senate race in the past 10 days as Republicans especially realize control of the chamber could depend on the outcome of the race between Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and GOP challenger Dino Rossi.
Nearly $6.9 million in independent expenditures have now been spent in the Senate race with party committees, groups connected with GOP operative Karl Rove, the National Rifle Association and the American College of Surgeons among the recent top spenders, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog group. (Search their database here.)
More than 60 percent of the money has been spent by groups opposing Murray. The independent expenditures have helped level the playing field for Rossi as Murray had about twice as much money in her campaign account at the end of September as her opponent.
And with the election two weeks away, the flow of independent dollars is expected to continue.
“My guess is this is not the end of it,” said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor with the Cook Report.