Special Election in NY-26

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The special election to replace former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y) in upstate New York has seen a frenzy of outside spending and self-funding, with Republican money far outpacing Democratic according to news reports and Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data provided by the FEC.

Key Points:

  • Outside spending benefitting Republican Jane Corwin has reached nearly $1.36 million. When combined with Corwin’s own self-funding, that number jumps to $4.12 million in spending for what was expected to be a safe Republican seat.
  • Major Republican spenders in the race include American Crossroads ($690,365), the National Republican Congressional Committee ($424,676), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($100,000), and the American Action Network ($94,693).
  • Democratic groups have spent just over $900,000 on the race. Democrat Kathy Hochul has raised money too, but not even close the $2.7 million in loans Corwin has given to her campaign
  • Major Democratic spenders in the race include House Majority PAC ($371,252), Communications Workers of America ($186,500), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($266,748).

Get your popcorn ready as the results roll in tonight.