The February special election that will decide which party controls the state Senate has been the most expensive General Assembly race Delaware has ever seen.
More than $550,000 has been spent to deluge residents of Middletown, Glasgow and southern Newark with mailers, phone calls and television and digital ads. A Delaware Senate race usually "costs" each candidate about $50,000 – or $100,000 for a particularly fierce race, political operatives say.
Most of the money is coming from Democrats, who are determined to elect Stephanie Hansen and preserve their 44-year-old majority in the Senate — and with it, one of the few remaining Democrat-controlled state governments in America.
A new political action committee, First State Strong, has dropped more than $380,000 to support Hansen, on top of more than $60,000 her campaign itself has spent. PACs are a way for donors to support candidates beyond the $600 contribution limit to a campaign and follow different disclosure rules than campaigns.