The candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts have already raised more money than in any other election in state history, with Election Day still more than three months away.
An Associated Press review of federal campaign finance reports found the amount collected by all Senate candidates in Massachusetts through the end of June is nearly $47 million.
The bulk of that money has come from supporters of Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren – the only candidates left in the race.
The enormous sums of money being raised, including millions in out-of-state donations, signal the importance both national parties have placed on the race. Democrats and Republicans both see the outcome of the Massachusetts race as key to control of the Senate.