The 2016 election was surprisingly expensive for candidates and parties wishing to take control of the Minnesota State Legislature.
At least three races for seats in the Minnesota Legislature burst through the $1 million barrier in 2016, a year that saw spending by parties and outside groups swamp the amount candidates themselves mustered.
Preliminary figures show that so-called independent expenditures, which candidates can’t have any say in, reached nearly $21 million. That’s based on reports filed by Tuesday’s deadline and made public Wednesday, with some data still missing. Candidates spent about $11.6 million.