Back before the election I wrote a lot about the importance of money in campaigns and how the Democrats were in trouble because of a lack of it.
The NC Free Enterprise Foundation has just published a report on campaign spending during the 3rd Quarter, which ended just before the election. There were a total of thirteen statewide races, for Governor, Lt. Governor, and eleven Council of State offices. In every one of them the candidate who spent the most won.
There were thirteen Congressional races. In twelve of them the candidate who spent the most won. The lone exception was Tim D’Annunzio, who lost to long term Democratic Congressman David Price.
In the State Senate, excluding ‘Safe’ Democratic or ‘Safe’ Republican districts, there were sixteen contested races. The candidate who spent the most won every time. Even more to the point, the only two Democrats who won outspent their Republican opponents.
In the State House, again excluding ‘Safe’ districts, there were twenty-nine contested races. The candidates who spent the most won twenty-one of them. In six of the remaining eight races the difference between the two candidate’s spending was minor.
Finally, according to the NCFEF’s report, there were fifteen ‘Swing Districts’ this election in the State House and Senate. The candidate who spent the most won twelve times.
So the candidates who spent the most won: 100% of the time in statewide races, 92% of the time in Congressional races, 100% of the time in State Senate races, 72% of the time in State House races, and 80% of the time in swing districts.
It’s a home truth. In politics money matters.