State Elections

Published — November 3, 2016 Updated — Today at 7:02 am EST

10 things to know about 2016’s state elections

In North Carolina's state Supreme Court election, outside groups such as this one called Fair Judges have run eight out of every 10 ads about the race to determine a single seat on the seven-person bench. Youtube/Fair Judges

More than $600 million spent on TV ads about those other Nov. 8 races


Amid the ongoing circus that is this year’s presidential election, it may be easy to forget all the other races on the ballot.

Voters will be picking 12 governors, several thousand legislators and scores of other state officeholders on Nov. 8. They will also decide policies on marijuana, minimum wage, gun control, tobacco, drug prices and other key issues in 162 statewide ballot measures.

The Center for Public Integrity is tracking the political TV ads that are shaping those races.

So far, more than half a billion dollars has been spent to air ads about those campaigns around the country. Here’s where some of that money went:

Sources: Center for Public Integrity analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data current through Oct. 31; U.S. Census/Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey.

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