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Interactive: The money moves in key California Senate special election

Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, right, is one of three prominent Democrats running in a March 17 special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who was elected to Congress.
Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, right, is one of three prominent Democrats running in a March 17 special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who was elected to Congress. hamezcua@sacbee.com

One day to go, and outside groups’ spending in the campaign leading up to Tuesday’s special election in the East Bay's 7th Senate District is nearing $2.5 million.

Three prominent Democrats are angling for the Democrat-leaning seat: Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, former lawmaker Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer. Other candidates on the ballot are Concord Democrat Terry Kremin and Pleasanton Republican Michaela Hertle.

Through Sunday, Bonilla, Glazer and Buchanan had raised $755,000 between them. But outside committees funded by wealthy businesses, unions and dentists collectively had spent almost $2.4 million, state filings show, with some groups spending money for or against multiple candidates, as special interests seek to shape the May 19 runoff.

Hover or click on the charts or map below to learn more about fundraising and the actions of independent spending groups, or go here. Check back for updates.

Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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