John Hickenlooper spent $41 million to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, emerging as the top spender in the nationally important race, new campaign finance records show.
Gardner spent about $27.6 million through Nov. 23 in his losing bid for a second term, according to the reports filed Thursday.
The candidates’ combined fundraising more than doubled the previous record in a U.S. Senate race in Colorado, which was set in 2014. In fact, the spending even far exceeded the $36 million that super PACs and other committees reported in campaign expenditures this year.
All told, the Democratic candidate and allied political committees spent $56.7 million to win the U.S. Senate race in Colorado — $8.6 million more than Republican Gardner and aligned GOP spenders, a Colorado Sun analysis shows.
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