Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.) set a California House race record by spending a combined $11.7 million on their races, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of recently released campaign finance reports.
The race, which Sherman won, featured two well-known candidates in the expensive Los Angeles media market, and two rounds of voting — one on the all-party June primary and another for the November general election. The total cost of the campaign once outside spending is factored in was $16.3 million.
While the race sets a record for the most combined House candidate spending in California, it wasn't even the most expensive House race in the state once outside spending is included. Rep.-elect Scott Peters (D-Calif.), outgoing Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and outside groups combined to spend $16.8 million in their San Diego race.
California House races saw a ton of ad spending this cycle, because of a new redistricting map designed to make races more competitive and a top-two, all-party primary system that forced more candidates to spend early to make it to the runoff general election.