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