Voter turnout may be questionable, but our new top-two primary system has led to some record high spending.

Tomorrow marks the first time in statewide races where the top two finishers -- regardless of party -- advance. That means more competition, and competition is costly.

"I personally have received, I don't know, probably 30 or 40 glossy, full-color mailers in my district," Kim Alexander with the California Voter Foundation said. 

Outside spending from unions, trade groups and special interests has hit $23 million this year.

Nearly a million dollars have gone to the race to replace Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg in Sacramento.

"Obviously, that money is effective, otherwise people wouldn't be spending it," she said. 

Republican Neel Kashkari has poured $2 million of his own money into his gubernatorial campaign -- raising his profile with TV ads.

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