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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.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:44pm]


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