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January 31, 2007

What a vote cost in the 2006 elections

Posted by David Postman at 5:29 PM

National Journal has analyzed spending in the 2006 mid-term elections to see who got the most bang for their buck. (You need a subscription to read it at National Journal but it's also posted at MSNBC.) Patrick Ottenhoff took total spending, according to FEC reports, and divided that by how many votes each candidate received.

Among the thrifty was unsuccessful Senate Republican challenger Mike McGavick. He spent $13 a vote, including his own money, according to National Journal. McGavick spent far less per vote than his fellow '06 millionaires who had their own unsuccessful self-financed campaigns.

The 8th District House race, though, was one of the most expensive per-vote campaigns in the country. Ottenhoff called it one of the "fully charged, free-spending affairs" of the 2006 campaign. Reichert spent $49 a vote, tying for second among winning candidates. Burner spent $51 a vote, second among unsuccessful candidates.

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