2012 Election Total: $6.3 Billion

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

People gather to watch election coverage in Times Square in New York, on Nov. 6, 2012.

The final price tag on the 2012 elections:

$6.3 billion.

That’s according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which intially pegged the cost at $6 billion.

It’s still less than the $7 billion that Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub estimated when she took the gavel in January.

The center estimated that the presidential election cost $2.6 billion, and spending on congressional races exceeded $3.6 billion. Republican-leaning super-political action committees and other outside groups spent $455 million while Democratic groups spent $125 million. Likewise, Republican-leaning groups outspent Democratic-leaning organizations in House and Senate races as well, $275 million to $180 million.

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