What Those Votes Really Cost
Consider a couple of numbers from Tuesday's primary elections for governor.
Democrat Carol "Grandma" Castagnero, an obscure candidate who got 5.3 percent of the vote, spent $12,500 on her campaign for governor (through 8/31). She got 44,799 votes (unofficial returns from Division of Elections website).
Republican Tom Gallagher received 326,954 votes and spent $9,216,730.
Do the math: Castagnero spent 28 cents for every vote she received. Gallagher spent $28 for every vote he received.