Election 2012

Alert Citizens United Screamers: Money Can't Buy Senate Seats

In six heavily contested GOP primaries, the candidate with the most money lost.

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For all of the carping about the outsize impact of spending on elections, a pack of Republican Senate nominees this year has proven that money isn't everything.

In six of the most hotly contested GOP primary contests this cycle, the best-funded candidate lost.

The latest example came Tuesday night when Rep. Jeff Flake beat back a challenge by deep-pocketed real estate mogul Wil Cardon, who dumped $8 million of his personal fortune into his campaign. The upstart Cardon outspent Flake 2-to-1 on the air but still lost by a staggering 48 points.