Republican super PACs and outside groups rode to the rescue of a straight-up corporate lobbyist -- spending $5 million to tear down his Democratic opponent....But didn't the Democrats dump money into that race first? It was a Republican district, and the Democrats decided to try to pull off an upset, and that triggered a response from the Republicans, who ultimately threw money in there too. From the Washington Post today:
In a district that Republicans have held for almost six decades, we nearly pulled off an incredible upset thanks to grassroots support from Democrats like you -- but we fell short for one reason: We got outspent in a Republican district.
[Jolly] struggled to raise money in the campaign, lagging behind Sink, who unlike him, did not have to endure a contested primary that drained resources....The Republicans stepped in and deprived the Democrats of a victory that they were hoping to leverage in their fundraising email that would have gone out instead of the "Last night was scary" one I got.
As a result of Sink's money advantage over Jolly, she enjoyed a head start...
GOP groups rallied to Jolly's side, spending some $5 million in an effort to narrow the financial gap, compared to about $3.75 million from Democratic organizations.
I wonder if the "Last night was scary" message only goes to female names on the Democrats' email list.