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Tracking the dollars: McGrath and McConnell spending big on US Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Less than three weeks until election day, and one of the biggest races outside of the presidency will be in Kentucky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

Whoever comes up short can’t blame a lack of campaign money.

Even though McConnell out-raised his opponents in previous reelection bids by a wide margin, this time around it’s McGrath with the bigger war chest.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McGrath brought in $46,921,518 which is almost $10 million more than McConnell’s $36,688,801.

She’s also spent $10 million more. McGrath has spent $30,692,159 and McConnell has spent $20,282,374.

The figures are some of the latest data from the Federal Election Commission.

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One of the biggest races outside of the presidency is the US Senate race in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

The Center for Responsive Politics also recorded where the money is coming from on its website.

96.9% of McGrath’s campaign donations have come from outside of Kentucky, with folks associated with the University of California at the top of her top 20 contributors with $109,857.

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One of the biggest races outside of the presidency is the US Senate race in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

Harvard, Stanford and the University of Kentucky are in the top 20 as well.

McConnell has gladly accepted 91% of his campaign money from out-of-state.

As far as metro area donations go, New York and California have been generous to both, but more than twice as much to McGrath.

Contributors in New York, Los-Angeles-Long Beach, and San Francisco combined have given her $5,629,021.

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One of the biggest races outside of the presidency is the US Senate race in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

She received another $3.7 million total from the Washington D.C. area (including Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia) and the Boston area (including New Hampshire).

McConnell, on the other hand, brought in $2,457,628 from New York and Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The other three in his top five were Washington (including Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), $1,676,870 - Louisville-Indiana, $1,000,50 and Atlanta, $715,819.

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One of the biggest races outside of the presidency is the US Senate race in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection for a 7th term, while former Marine pilot Amy McGrath hopes to pull off the upset.

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