Allen West spent $18 million (!) in losing effort

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Rep. Allen West spent nearly the same amount in the final days before the election as his opponent spent during the entire election – and still lost.

In all, the Florida Republican spent $18.1 million in the 2012 cycle, which was more than four times as much as his opponent Patrick Murphy, who spent $4.2 million.

West dropped $4.1 million between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26 alone, according to federal reports filed Thursday.

Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive who had never sought office before this year, spent $880,000 during that same period.

West still has $1.5 million left in his campaign coffers – more money than the average amount raised by House GOP freshmen in 2010, when West was first elected, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Via Tarini Parti of POLITICO.

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