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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)

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.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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