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Early numbers show a more than $60 million governor’s race

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Some financial disclosures on the governor’s race are due later this week, but Michigan is already on pace to have one of its most expensive governor’s races in the state’s history.

So far, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network has tracked $61 million going toward the race including the primary.

Craig Mauger is with the network. He says a lot of money from dark money groups and other political organizations has poured in to try and influence the election.

“In the general election, since the primary, there has been a huge surge in outside spending. $16 million in outside spending that we’ve tracked so far,” he says.

Mauger says prior top spending elections include 2014 and 2006. He says the total will continue to go up as more financial disclosures by campaigns and special interest groups roll in at the end of the week and after the election.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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