The Washington Post's headline is "Spending by independent groups had little...
i agree. You can't say for certain that money is the sole cause for winning, but you can definitively say that without it, you're almost certainly doomed. Bottom line, it's necessary to have and spending more almost always wins, Looking at other factors, such as quality candidates, policy positions, etc... money is always the one factor that shows up each time a candidate wins.
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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