Republicans continue to outspend Democrats in Florida’s Senate contest – by a 3-to-1 margin – but Democrats have the spending advantage in six of the 10 most expensive battlegrounds, according to ad-spending data from Advertising Analytics.
In Florida, where more than $40 million already has been spent over the airwaves as of this week, Republicans have a $30 million-to-$11 million edge, with nearly $20 million spent by Republican Rick Scott.
Republicans also have the ad-spending advantage in Wisconsin and New Jersey, where Republican nominee Bob Hugin has dropped more than $5 million.
But in the other top 2018 Senate contests – especially those in states that Donald Trump won in 2016 – Democrats are outspending Republicans.
And the sides are tied in North Dakota’s Senate contest.
Below are the party-vs.-party numbers in the 10 most expensive Senate races in the country as of August 14.
(Note: For states that have already held their primaries, the totals below are only for the general election, which explains why the dollar amounts are higher in, say, Arizona than in Missouri or West Virginia. The biggest individual spender is listed in parenthesis.)
—AZ-SEN: Dem $6.9 million, GOP $4.9 million ($4.3 million by Sinema campaign)
—IN-SEN: Dem $7.0 million, GOP $6.1 million ($5.3 million by Senate Majority PAC)
—FL-SEN: GOP $30.2 million, Dem $11.0 million ($19.9 million by Scott campaign)
—MO-SEN: Dem $3.1 million, GOP $1.8 million ($2.2 million by Senate Majority PAC)
—MT-SEN: Dem $4.2 million, GOP $1.6 million ($1.7 million by Tester campaign)
—NV-SEN: Dem $5.3 million, GOP $4.6 million ($3.3 million by One Nation)
—NJ-SEN: GOP $5.5 million, Dem $1.3 million ($5.2 million by Hugin campaign)
—ND-SEN: GOP $2.9 million, Dem $2.9 million ($1.5 million by Senate Majority PAC)
—WV-SEN: Dem $3.7 million, GOP $3.3 million ($2.9 million by Senate Majority PAC)
—WI-SEN: GOP $16.8 million, Dem $8.6 million ($5.7 million by Baldwin campaign)