In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into a race in Massachusetts for a State Senate seat. 

The incumbent Pat Jehlen opposes Question 2,  the measure on the state ballot in November to increase charter schools by 12 a year forever. 

Her opponent, Leland Cheung, supports Question 2. 

Jehlen was supported by the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Cheung was financed by the hedge fund managers’ group Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). 

Jehlen debated a representative of DFER, instead of debating Cheung. 

Jehlen won overwhelmingly, by a vote of more than 13,000 to less than 4,000.

Some think this race presages the vote in November,  in which pro-charter groups are prepared to spend millions of dollars to promote Question 2.