Money Well Spent? The Five Races with the Most PAC Money

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3. Wisconsin Senate
Rep. Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson

$21.6 million vs. $18.3 million = $39.9 million logged so far *
Most outside money supported Baldwin, the Democratic candidate
Did money = victory? Yes.

Left: Former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) greets supporters with tears in his eyes after conceding the election Tuesday in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Right: Representative Tammy Baldwin (D), waves to supporters after making her a victory speech in Madison, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin Democratic representative Tammy Baldwin won an open Senate seat last night in Paul Ryan’s home state, and became the first openly gay woman elected to the Senate. She defeated Republican Tommy Thompson, who spent 14 years as the state’s governor, then became President Bush’s health secretary. Thompson received over $18 million from outside groups, and Baldwin received over $23 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee were the two biggest contributors, followed by the Democratic Majority PAC and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.

*Totals for Wisconsin do not include three Republican candidates defeated in the GOP primary.

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