Since the end of February, candidates and political action committees have spent more than $2.67 million on television advertising alone in advance of the District 19 special Republican primary, reports Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News.
That sum doesn’t include advertisements that may have aired on cable networks or on websites where viewers can stream television shows and movies, like Hulu.com.
These figures show that the special Republican primary in CD 19 is crushing the the special Republican primary in CD 13, which took place earlier this year.
Heading into the final week of the CD 13 primary, David Jolly had raised $388,450, more than double what his next-closest rival, Kathleen Peters, raised with $169,926. Mark Bircher raised less than $100,000 for his campaign. With some very light outside spending, it’s safe to say less than $1 million was spent in the CD 13 primary.
Of course, the CD 13 primary did not have the presence of a six-figure Super PAC, like the CD 19 primary does with the “Values are Vital” organization. Nor did it have a self-funder like businessman Curt Clawson or a legislative leader like Lizbeth Benacquisto.
Still, the overall spending in the CD 13 special election — the Center for Public Integrity estimated that as much as $12 million was spent in that race — will likely dwarf that of what is eventually spent in CD 19 because this is not a competitive seat for Democrats, so the spigot will likely be turned off (or at least slowed) after Tuesday.