By Associated Press - Friday, October 26, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate race has hit a record-setting $68 million in spending, and money continues to flow into a slate of attack-heavy ads with Election Day approaching.

In campaign finance reports through Oct. 17, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign has spent $12 million, while outside groups have spent more than $23.2 million to date to help her.

Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen has spent $15.2 million, with $17.8 million-plus in outside spending boosting him.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 17, Blackburn raised $1.3 million, spent $2.9 million and ended with $3.4 million remaining.

In the same timeframe, Bredesen raised $1.2 million, spent $3.6 million and finished with $1 million left.

Then on Oct. 19, Bredesen loaned his campaign another $2 million, bring his total loaned to $7.5 million.

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