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Millions of dollars rolling into Michigan's 2018 congressional races

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Michigan Radio

This year’s mid-term congressional elections could be the most expensive ever in Michigan.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network reports the 30 candidates running in Michigan’s 14 congressional districts raised $14.7 million as of the end of last year.   And the money keeps rolling in.

The network’s Craig Mauger says Democrats are benefiting from donors wanting to defeat Republicans and derail President Trump’s agenda.

But Mauger says much of that money will be spent in crowded primaries.

“They are going to be spending that money to ward off other Democrats,” says Mauger.

Mauger says money is flowing into competitive races to fill three open seats and two GOP seats that Democrats believe may be vulnerable this year.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.