Record-setting spending in Schlicher-Angel Senate race

Staff writerOctober 16, 2013 

Nathan Schlicher, Jan Angel and their allies have spent far more to try to win a Senate seat this year than has been spent in any state legislative race on record.

Since the state has kept track of independent spending in races, candidates and independent groups have spent as much as $1.3 million. That total was set in a couple of races in 2012, topped by a Tacoma Senate contest in which Jack Connelly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money only to lose to fellow Democrat Jeannie Darneille.

At $1.88 million, spending in this year's special Senate election to replace now-U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has soared past that mark.

Sen. Schlicher, a Gig Harbor Democrat, and Rep. Angel, a Port Orchard Republican, have spent $950,000 on their own.

Groups aligned with their parties and business, environmental and union interests have chipped in nearly as much, far exceeding any previous independent effort since the Public Disclosure Commission started keeping track.

Nearly 58 percent of the money has been spent to support Schlicher.

The Republican-dominated coalition that runs the Senate would add to its majority if Angel, a three-term House member, can defeat Schlicher, who was appointed to his seat in January.

The money is fueling a barrage of television and mail advertising. We have fact-checked some of the claims being made about Angel's and Schlicher's records here. 

We wrote about the backgrounds of the two candidates here.

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