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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Va. Senate had 15 million-dollar races

For those of you keeping track of million-dollar Virginia Senate races, here’s an update.

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City), center, greets Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on the steps of the Virginia Capitol. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
We reported in December that 13 races for Richmond’s upper chamber hit the seven-figure mark in November’s hard-fought elections, during which control of the Senate was at stake.

That was based on an analysis from the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.

On Wednesday, VPAP announced that the number of Senate races that cost $1 million or more last fall was actually 15.

VPAP adjusted the numbers for two reasons.

First, campaign reports for one race, Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington) vs. Republican challenger Caren Merrick, came in too late for VPAP’s original analysis. Spending on that contest, which Favola won, reached $1.3 million.

Secondly, VPAP decided to include Sen. Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment’s (R-James City) race. Norment had a primary challenger but no opponent in the general election. Yet he still managed to spend $1.2 million, mostly on fellow Republicans with tougher election battles.

The number of million-dollar races was up from 2007, when there were 12, VPAP said.

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