Susan J. Demas: Big money pours into 2014 Michigan election for winners and losers

People spent $80 million (and counting) on annoying TV ads this election, and all I got was this lousy headache.

Yes, almost $48 million was plunked down for ads for Michigan's gubernatorial race between incumbent Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer.

Not surprisingly, Snyder was helped more ($26.6 million) than Schauer ($21 million).

But both sides recognize this race would be close and spent accordingly. They were proved right (no, a 4-point margin for Snyder does not a mandate make).

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