We did a little number crunching using figures from the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign financing in Virginia, to try to get an idea of how much it cost the Republicans to secure -- and the Democrats to try to defend -- a Senate majority this year.
Here are some highlights from the Senate race:
- The Democrats outspent the Republicans by $7,392,586 ($19,806,362 to $$12,413,776).
- Independent expenditures favored Republican candidates by $327,903 ($335,346 to $8,253).
- Republicans spent far more in independent expenditures on attack ads than Democrats did. Independent The GOP spent $243,317 (91 percent of total GOP spending) on attack ads -- the Democrats, $8,113 (85 percent).
- The GOP spent $25,682 on positive adds (9 percent) -- the Democrats, $140 (15 percent).
- The GOP spent $187,701 more than the Democrats on the two seats that changed hands.
Here's the spreadsheet we put together: