Spending in 13 Virginia Senate races topped $1 million as Republicans and Democrats battled for control of the chamber, while the number of seven-figure races dropped sharply in the Republican-dominated House, according to a Virginia Public Access Project analysis.
VPAP, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, produced the analysis Thursday, the deadline for General Assembly candidates to file campaign finance reports.
In the Senate, which split 20-20 in last month’s elections, the number of million-dollar races was up from 10 in 2007, the last time all 40 seats were on the ballot, VPAP found.
In the House, where GOP control was never in doubt, the number sank from nine in 2007 to two. But those two reached eye-popping heights.
Del. Ward Armstrong (D) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R) blew through a combined $2.4 million in their match-up, which Poindexter won.
Del. Barbara Comstock (R) and Pamela Danner (D) spent a combined $1.3 million in that race, which Comstock won.
See list of Senate races above $1 million mark below:
Bryce Reeves (R) v. Edd Houck (D): $2.6 million
Phillip Puckett (D) v. Adam Light (R): $2.5 million
William Stanley (R) v. Roscoe Reynolds (D) v. Jeff Evans (I): $2.2 million
John C. Miller (D) v. Mickey Chohany (R) $2.2 million
Dick Saslaw (D) v. Robert C. Sarvis (R) v. Katherine Ann Pettigrew (I): $1.8 million
George Barker (D) v. Miller Baker (R): $1.7 million
John S. Edwards (D) v. Dave Nutter (R): $1.5 million
Toddy Puller (D) v. Jeffrey Frederick (R): $1.4 million
Tom Garrett (R) v. Bert Dodson (D): $1.4 million
Dave Marsden (D) v. Jason Flanary (R): $1.2 million
Mark Herring (D) v. Patricia Phillips (R): $1.2 million
Chuck Colgan (D) v. Tom Gordy (R): $1.2 million
Janet Howell (D) v. Patrick Forrest (R): $1.05 million