Massive spending by a national Republican group on the Washington state attorney general race is rapidly closing the gap between Democratic candidate Bob Ferguson and GOP opponent Reagan Dunn, according to the Seattle Times
The Washington DC-based Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) has injected $2.9 million into ads attacking Ferguson in recent weeks, closing his lead to just two percent from a high of 13 percent last month.
The money is equivalent to the amount spent by the two candidates altogether and is the largest investment ever made by the national GOP group on a single race.
The RSLC, founded in 2002 by Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, who is now a senior Mitt Romney adviser, has raised $26 million this election cycle for use on electing Republicans to a variety of state-level offices.
The biggest contributors to the group have been the Altria Group, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Devon Energy, Reynolds American, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Wynn Resorts, reports the Times.
At the moment, the offices of the 50 state attorneys general are split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, which is why the race is considered so important.
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