That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker Thom Tillis win the Republican nomination in May without a runoff. Republican groups are targeting Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who’s seeking a second term.
In Georgia, businessman David Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston by 51-49 percent to win a Republican runoff on July 22. Perdue, a first-time candidate for political office, will face Michelle Nunn, who formerly led the volunteer-service organization Points of Light and is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring.
Alaska was third in ads, with 27,652, though the state is one of the least populous in the nation, with a substantially smaller voting pool than either Georgia or North Carolina. The winner of a multi-candidate Republican primary on Aug. 19 will face Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who’s seeking a second term.
Kentucky, which was fourth with 24,461 spots, features a titanic battle between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.