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Outside spending in three Indiana congressional elections ranks among the top 10 in the country

Courtesy of Indiana Capital Chronicle FB page

INDIANAPOLIS – Outside groups have targeted the state of Indiana for so much money that three state primaries have landed in the top ten most expensive contests nationwide.

Republicans seeking to win open seats in the U.S. Senate and Congressional Districts 3 and 8 have racked up millions in outside spending. Other open but hotly contested seats — in the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts — have not drawn the same interest.

The rankings come from an open secrets compilation of outside spending on primary spending, a constantly evolving list that is updated with new reports from the Federal Election Commission. As of May 1, Indiana's 8th District – once called the “Bloody Eighth” – ranked sixth nationally in spending, followed by the 3rd District in eighth and the U.S. Senate race in ninth.

Steve Shine, chairman of the Allen County Republican Party, said: “I don't know if it surprises me because in any heated election you expect outside forces to come in and make negative publicity against the people who don't support them.” In the 3rd Congressional District, candidate spending is much less than PAC spending…and that’s telling when an outside force is spending more than the candidates.”

Here are the outside spending totals: $5,069,670 in the 8th District, $3,760,618 in the 3rd District and $3,632,278 in the U.S. Senate race.

This spending includes zero dollars for or against Democratic candidates.

Read the complete Whitney Downard story for the Indiana Capital Chronicle here.

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