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Millions pour into November election races

Posted at 6:45 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 20:50:48-04

COLORADO – November’s election will be a busy one, with some competitive races and long ballot questions.

The big election, coming with a big price tag for candidates as the stakes are high.

During the primary for the gubernatorial race, spending reached an all time high as two self-funded candidates spent millions.

One of those candidates, Congressman Jared Polis (D), made it past the primary and the money continues.

So far, Polis has spent $18 million on his campaign.

Comparatively, his Republican opponent Walk Stapleton has spent about $2.2 million.

The money doesn’t stop with the governor’s race either, some candidates in races for other major state positions have also spent thousands of dollars.

Brian Watson, a Republican candidate for Treasurer has spent $912, 606.83 as of Tuesday.

Phil Weiser, who faced a competitive primary race as a Democrat for Attorney General has spent $2,060, 338. 96.

There are a few reasons for the high spending, one of the reasons being inflation compared to previous elections and another being the structure of Colorado’s election being a mail-in ballot state.

This according to retired political science professor with Colorado College Bob Loevy.