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So you want to run for office? Politics has a cost

Sunday - 9/29/2013, 11:19am  ET

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- So you want to run for state office. Got a few hundred thousand -- or, in statewide races, million -- dollars you can round up?

The costs of seeking elective office -- from courthouse to statehouse and beyond -- are skyrocketing with no sign of letting up. Experts and some candidates say it's killing the appetite to serve.

As of Labor Day, Virginia's major-party gubernatorial candidates had raised a combined $33.4 million -- three-fifths by Democrat Terry McAuliffe alone. That doesn't count about $8 million worth of TV ads that groups apart from the campaigns aired.

According to analyses by the independent and nonpartisan tracker of cash in Virginia politics, the Virginia Public Access Project, the average cost of a winning state Senate race in 2011 was about $665,000.

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