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Spending in Feingold-Johnson race tops $27 million


MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Senate race between Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson blew away all previous records for federal campaigns in Wisconsin with the two candidates together spending about $27 million in 2010.

The race's winner, Johnson, spent about $14 million on his Republican campaign after jumping into the race about May. Democratic incumbent Feingold spent about $13 million during the election year.

Outside spending was dwarfed by the candidates' spending. The Sunlight Foundation says contributions by independent groups totaled about $3 million, with the most amount spent on the Republican side.

The Journal Sentinel says the $27 million spent on this race is well above the total from 2004, when Feingold and Republican opponent Tim Michels together spent about $15 million over a two-year period.

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