Candidates for several statewide races stopped in St. Joseph today and elsewhere in Missouri.
Dave Spence, running for Governor of Missouri, stopped at the Republican headquarters in St. Joseph this morning, making a last effort for votes.
"I'm running for governor, and that is why I'm running for Governor, because he is clueless about what is going on in our economy in our state," he says.
For incumbent Governor Jay Nixon, and Spence both, spreading their message takes a lot of work, and a lot money.
"I've had to go out and put a lot more money in personally to keep up with him. It's very expensive to stay on the air in our state," Spence says.
According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, so far, the race for re-election has cost Governor Nixon $13,641,667.03. He's raised $15,355,907.21.
Spence has had to keep up with campaign visits and advertising. He has spent $8,418,678.79, out of the $9,749,158.34 he's raised.
It's a steep price to pay to keep up.
"Yet I don't think you can sit at home and expect people to get to know you. Yeah, I'd like to see some curbing of the spending. I think it's gotten out of control and I keep thinking about what that money could do in other places, all the good it could do," Spence says.
Claire McCaskill also stopped in to St. Joseph ahead of election day.
"I've had a record of moderation. I'm smack dab in the middle. When they rank us from one, being the most liberal, to 100, being the most conservative, I've ranked in the middle every single year," she says.
This is a message McCaskill has worked hard to spread in her campaign.
According to the Federal Election Commission, as of mid-October, she had spent $15,902,168, and raised $17,157,186.
This compares to Todd Akin who had spent $4,597,966, of the $4,609,609 he raised.
"Before this campaign really began, outside forces had spent $10 million dollars trashing me on television, and that seems to have not let up here in the closing days of the campaign," says McCaskill.
To fight back, candidates are taking their campaign further than ever before.
"It's too much, but there's a lot at stake," McCaskill says.
They're hoping money spent means results on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.