Win or lose, the congressional contests helped escalate the cost of the 2016 election. Outside and candidate spending combined
This was the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.
A poll says that Joe Sestak, whom Democrats spent millions of dollars to beat, would be doing better now than Senate nominee Katie McGinty.
It's an open secret in the political world that most congressional contests are not contests at all; incumbents tend to raise more money than challengers, and better-funded campaigns almost always win. In some of the most expensive Senate races this cycle, however, challengers are attracting more money from outside spending groups than incumbents, and it may be making a difference.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who still won't affirm whether he supports Trump, refused to answer the question three times.
Pennsylvania's local governments suffered huge losses because of risky swap deals, but Toomey pushed to let banks keep giving them bad advice.
Races in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are well on their way to costing more than $100 million each.
It's only a slight lead for Katie McGinty, but it seems to be holding.
Outside spending groups have poured more than $20.4 million so far into Pennsylvania's Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty, putting it close behind Ohio's Senate race, at $21.8 million, for the most outside spending in a congressional contest.