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Outside spending in Wisconsin elections topped $60 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A government watchdog group says outside groups spent more than $60 million in Wisconsin's 2018 fall elections, a record for midterm contests.

The Wisconsin Democracy Group released a report Thursday that found outside groups spent $61.4 million. The previous record for outside spending in a midterm election in Wisconsin was $36.6 million, set in 2014.

Republican-leaning organizations spent nearly $31.2 million. Democratic-leaning groups spent $30.1 million.

The Democratic Governors Association spent the most at an estimated $13.5 million. The Republican Governors Association spent $10.9 million through Right Direction Wisconsin PAC and ACC Wisconsin PAC.

The Republican Attorneys General Association spent almost $3 million. The Democratic Attorneys General Association spent $2.2 million.

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