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.


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.