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US mid-term campaign spending breaks all records

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In the US mid-term election races, House and Senate candidates have shattered previous fundraising records and are set to surpass $2bn (£1.3bn) in spending for the first time.

Three candidates alone have spent almost a quarter of a billion dollars, much of it their own money.

The BBC's Washington correspondent Katty Kay has been taking a closer look.

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