Spending for California's 2018 election cycle, which included congressional midterms, a gubernatorial race and several statewide initiatives, topped $1 billion, NBC News reported.
Campaign data publication California Target Book estimates that figure to include over $287 million on congressional candidates, plus $20 million alone on a U.S. Senate race between two Democrats. For top statewide offices, including governor, spending exceeded $222 million. Spending for state legislative seats surpassed $156 million.
There was more than $366 million spent on statewide initiatives, which included a proposal to allow cities to expand rent control and another that would repeal a 12 cents per-gallon gas tax.