In the TV series The Good Wife Peter and Alicia Florrick are running for state's attorney at some point. A lot of effort goes into both of these campaigns:
- Money: I assume paying for campaign handlers like Eli Gold or Johnathan Elfman costs tens of thousands dollars over several months.
- the work of volunteers and campaign workers: Peter has about 30 depicted in several episodes, Alicia mentions a similar number
- shady work: both campaigns employ so-called "trackers" (to film the respective opponents and those around them at embarrassing moments), people on Twitter to circulate rumors etc.
It seems to me, that although state's attorney might be an important position, and even a stepping stone for other offices, that the depiction of these campaigns are a bit excessive.
Are campaigns for counties this big really run in this fashion?