In Virginia, two open congressional seats are attracting a wide field of candidates — and a lot of money.
How much money does it take to run for Congress? For the two open seats in Northern Virginia, it will probably be in the millions.
Take the 10th Congressional District, where longtime Republican Frank Wolf is retiring. University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Kyle Kondik says Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust will probably emerge from the primaries, and then face each other in a very expensive race.
"A million dollars isn't going to do it. It's going to be, you know, two, three or four million dollars probably," he says.
And then there's the open seat in the 8th Congressional District, where longtime Democrat Jim Moran is retiring. That race is likely to feature about eight candidates — maybe more — in a very competitive Democratic primary. Christopher Newport University professor Quentin Kidd says cutting through the noise will take money.
"The winner is going to be spending half a million or more. And then if it goes on paid media, then we're going to be talking about a million dollars or so in a primary," he says.
Most of that money will be spent on staffing the campaigns and direct mail, but as Kidd says, spending could spike if candidates decide to start buying television time.