Huffington Post: Sherrod Brown’s Ohio Senate Race Target Of Most Third-Party Spending By Republicans

Democratic Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) may be soaking up national attention from progressives during the 2012 campaign season, but the GOP has its eye on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), whose race is attracting more third-party spending by Republicans than any other Senate contest.

Outside conservative groups not officially affiliated with the Republican Party have spent nearly $2.9 million on the Ohio Senate race, according to numbers compiled by a Senate Democratic campaign operative. Big spenders include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($1.5 million), the 60 Plus Association ($723,338), Crossroads GPS ($506,647) and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee ($200,077). Brown is the only candidate 60 Plus has targeted.

After Ohio, the Senate race with the highest amount of third-party spending from outside conservative groups is in Florida, which has seen more than $1.4 million pumped in, according to the same set of data. In that race, Rep. Connie Mack (R) and several other Republicans are vying for the chance to face Sen. Bill Nelson (D.).

Brown has a strong populist record, and the Washington Post has referred to him as “something of a modern-day Paul Wellstone,” referring to the late progressive Minnesota senator. He is being challenged by the 34-year-old Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who is known as a strong conservative and an aggressive fundraiser.

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