Weekly Wrap: Election (finally) draws nigh

Posted October 31, 2014 1:58 p.m. EDT

— It's been more than a year since the first television ad aired in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, but the election is still days away.

To date, more than 110,000 ads have been aired statewide in the race between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis, and the race is reportedly the most expensive nationwide, topping $100 million in overall spending.

Both Hagan and Tillis brought in big names this week to turn out their supporters: former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the Democratic side and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Republicans.

The Senate race isn't the only race to attract spending. Outside groups were running some late ads in state Supreme Court races.

Turnout for early voting has been high for a midterm election, and parties have pulled out "shaming" tactics – letters were sent out saying whether or not people vote is public record – to encourage people to head to the polls.