Menomonie (WQOW) - The amount spent in the Kreitlow – Duffy race pales in comparison to what we've seen so far in the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin.
Tammy Baldwin, Tommy Thompson and outside groups have been spending a lot of money. We spoke to a local expert about the future of campaigning, based on what has happened in this election cycle.
"At a very basic level, it is the responsibility of the voter to become informed," said UW Stout Assistant Professor of Political Science Kim Zagorski.
Voters can get information from many places, like newspaper, television, or the Internet. But nearly all have ads that come with. Here in Wisconsin, we're seeing more as the spending continues to rise. We talked with UW Stout professor Kim Zagorski about the Wisconsin Senate race.
"It tells me that in terms of national politics, that Wisconsin is playing a larger role," Zagorski said.
A total of $40 million has been spent on this election. Only two races have seen more money spent: the presidential campaign and a senate race in Virginia. So where do we go from here?
"It's either going to go one of two ways. Society is just going to realize this is the new normal, and as much as we find this new campaign spending distasteful, realizing that this is just part of the new evolution of the political system, or there may be a backlash and an attempt at putting in some sort of controls. That's going to be difficult because part of Citizens United is equating money and campaign donations with free speech," said Zagorski.
Election day is now less than two weeks from today. Early voting is underway.
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