From the St. Louis Beacon Missouri’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest, which spawned a national debate over “legitimate rape,’’ has ended with both major-party candidates reporting campaign debt of well over $200,000 apiece after jointly spending more than $25 million – a likely state record for the office.
The bulk of that money was spent by the victor, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who spent roughly $20 million in her successful battle against Republican rival Todd Akin, according to her official final campaign report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
She outspent Akin by about 3 to 1 overall, according to documents filed by both campaigns with the FEC. He reports spending about $6 million.
During the last three weeks of the campaign, the margin was a tad closer. McCaskill spent almost $3.58 million, compared to Akin’s $1.49 million.
McCaskill’s campaign provided her report’s six summary pages on Sunday to the St. Louis Beacon. Meanwhile, a source close to the Akin campaign gave the Beacon a copy of his entire 899-page report that had been mailed to the FEC.