Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Chris Giunchigliani (left) is running for governor in Nevada. Photo: Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

More than $132.5 million has been spent on TV ads for gubernatorial races, USA Today's Fredreka Schouten and Erin Kelly report, which is almost twice as much as what was spent during the same period in 2014.

Why it matters: Most of the midterms focus has been on the House, but gubernatorial races from Colorado to Maine are quickly becoming more competitive, forcing spending to reach new levels.

By the numbers

Democratic women are running for governor all over the country, but the New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns detail how "men and money stand in their way." So Emily's List put $2 million behind Chris Giunchigliani, the woman running for governor in Nevada.

  • Republican and Democratic groups spent $529.6 million on advertisements for gubernatorial races in 2014, according to the Wesleyan Media Project.
  • There are 17 Democratic women who will be on the ballot for governor, but there are only two Democratic women currently serving as governor in the U.S.
  • Republicans are defending 26 of the 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs this cycle.
  • More than $22 million was invested in the Georgia gubernatorial race, higher than the last cycle.
  • A Florida Democratic candidate has put at least $7 million toward his campaign's TV ads, far outspending his challengers, per the Tampa Bay Times.
  • The Illinois governor's race has exceeded $200 million in spending, which Politico notes is matched only by the 2010 California governor's race. Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker hasn't set a limit on how much he's willing to spend.

What to watch: Spending in some of the battleground states' gubernatorial races, like Michigan, Florida and Maine.

The bottom line

The president's party lost three to six governor's seats in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 elections, but Republicans have more to lose this year than in any of those years.

Follow the money flowing into these gubernatorial races — it's not just about the House and the Senate.

Go deeper

Behind GameStop's latest stock surge

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Back in focus: The meme stock trade.

By the numbers: GameStop finished up 19%, after a wild day that saw shares spike as much as 80%.

AT&T spins off U.S. video business via deal with TPG

Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

AT&T is spinning off three of its video services, including its satellite TV brand DirecTV, to create a new standalone video company called New DIRECTV.

Details: The company will be jointly owned by AT&T and private-equity giant TPG. AT&T will retain a 70% stake and TPG will own 30% of the firm.

Updated 48 mins ago - Sports

Ex-USA Gymnastics coach dies by suicide after being charged with human trafficking

John Geddert. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

The body of John Geddert was found on Thursday, just hours after the former USA Gymnastics coach was charged with 24 counts of criminal misconduct, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

What they're saying: “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Nessel said in a statement.

You’ve caught up. Now what?

Sign up for Mike Allen’s daily Axios AM and PM newsletters to get smarter, faster on the news that matters.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!