A bad year for self-funded candidates

Self-funded candidates aren’t having a very good year, David Levinthal says at the OpenSecrets blog of the Center for Responsive Politics. Of the 58 candidates for U.S. House and Senate who have contributed more than $500,000 to their own campaigns, more than half are out of the running even before Election Day. Others, like Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, are trailing in the polls. But no matter what happens Tuesday, Connecticut will sent a self-funded candidate to the Senate: Democrat Richard Blumenthal has put more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign, giving him a spot on CRP’s list too.