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Democrats Learn to Love the Super PAC

By Josh Kraushaar, National Journal - October 10, 2012

At the beginning of the election cycle, Democrats publicly agonized that outside campaign spending, liberalized by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, would create a brave new world where stealthy Republican outside groups would overwhelm underfunded Democratic candidates, giving the GOP an unfair advantage in the race for the White House and control of Congress.

None of the Democrats' nightmares came to fruition. The Republicans' much-feared financial edge never materialized in the presidential campaign, as President Obama and his allies have been outspending Mitt Romney and outside groups by a healthy margin down the home stretch. Outside GOP groups spent big money on bad Senate candidates and offered muddled messages on behalf of their choices, muting their significant spending edge. And Democratic-aligned super PACs have enjoyed a decisive spending advantage over their GOP counterparts in House races, and are putting races in play that few expected to be competitive months ago.

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