Brace for a partisan firehose of a pissing match this November—and that's not even counting the presidential race. The Republican Governor's Association, a national PAC that promotes its candidates in state races, has injected another $1.2 million dollars into Washington as part of its effort to smother a rising bid from a Democrat. The latest lump of dough brings RGA's commitment up to $5.2 million to help Republican Rob McKenna defeat Democrat Jay Inslee, according to records from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, while a pro-Inslee PAC called Our Washington now reports $4.4 million.
Neither independent PAC has as much as the candidate themselves (McKenna and Inslee have each raised nearly $8.6 million), and among all parties about half of it has been spent. The latest poll shows Inslee leading McKenna by five points, up from only a one-point lead in July. Only 7 percent of voters told SurveyUSA they were still undecided, but maybe they'll make up their minds after getting blasted with another $10 million in ads.