The Washington Post's headline is "Spending by independent groups had little...
The most expensive congressional campaign was in Western Pennsylvania. When John Murtha died, his Chief of Staff Mark Critz ran for his seat and won. The adjacent district was Jason Altmire's. Since Pennsylvania has a Republican governor, House and Senate (yes you read that correctly) by large margins, they created a new district where Critz and Altmire had to run against each other. Critz got all the Democratic support because Altmire didn't support Obamacare and Cap and Trade and on and on. Critz won, against Altmire. Keith Rothfus - R ran against Critz. The SEIU and other unions and the DNC spent millions and millons to get Critz elected, but 100% conserative, Rothfus and he campaigned that way, won.
Much digital ink and wind is being expended today on the interwebs and cable TV lamenting the ineffectiveness of outside spending from conservative-aligned groups in electing Republican candidates. Indeed, some of the largest groups spent incredible amounts of money to what looks to be little effect. Many Republican candidates who had large SuperPACs behind them lost, and in what looked to be winnable races. This wasn't just Mitt Romney - it was down the ballot with candidates like Josh Mandel, Scott Brown, Tommy Thompson and George Allen.
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