Dec 11, 2010 12:28 PM by AP
DENVER (AP) - Final campaign finance reports show Republican and Democratic candidates spent $2.9 million this year on the top 15 races for Colorado's Legislature. Candidates estimate outside groups spent up to 10 times that amount under new campaign finance laws.
Why so much money for state legislative races? A big factor is next year's congressional redistricting and the political control it offers for the next decade. It paid off for Republicans, whose control of the House provides leverage to force a compromise on any redistricting plan.
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