It's all about the money: An analysis of spending in U.S. Senate races
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Research question: How do certain characteristics of a US Senate campaign affect the total amount of money that is being spent? Conclusion: A direct correlation exists between the population of the state and the amount of money being spent in campaigns. States with a higher population will have spend more money in Senate races compared to states with lower populations. It is far more likely for a state to spend less money in open-‐races compared to incumbent races. Senate elections that fall within the time frame of the quadrennial election do not always have higher spending amounts.