Who Spent the Most and Least Per Vote in the New Hampshire GOP Primary?

Cruz Bush Trump Rubio

Socialist Bernie Sanders would have you believe that the presidential candidate with the most money always wins, that whoever spends the most money is the one who comes out on top — that there is a 100% correlation between money spent and election results.

But while money certainly does have its influence in campaigns, the primary results in New Hampshire show that the correlation isn’t as pure as the wild-eyed socialist would lead you to believe.

For example, Jeb Bush wasted an amazing $1,150 per vote, having spent a whopping $36,000,000 for 31k votes. Bush embarrassingly came in fourth place, a disappointing position considering New Hampshire is one of the most liberal states in the nation.

Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and John Kasich spent a very high amount of money for each vote, at $878, $506, and $269, respectively.

On the other hand, constitutional conservative Ted Cruz, realizing that the “Live Free or Die” is leaning more toward the choice of “Die” than “Live Free,” only spent $580,000, or the equivalent of only $17 per vote.

Cruz spent $17 per vote, Bush spent $1,150 per vote, and Cruz still beat him. Let that sink in.

Further evidence that money in politics isn’t everything, bombastic billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump, who easily won the race by almost 20%, spent the second least per vote, $37.

Ranked in order of least money spent per vote, the New Hampshire primary broke down like this:

Candidate     Amount Spent     Votes Received    Money Spent Per Vote

Ted Cruz                $580K                         33,189                                  $17

Donald Trump       $3.7M                      100,406                                 $37

Carly Fiorina          $1.8M                         11,706                                 $154

John Kasich          $12.1M                        44,909                                $269

Marco Rubio        $15.2M                         30,032                               $506

Chris Christie      $18.5M                          21,069                                $878

Jeb Bush                 $36M                          31,310                               $1,150

Cruz is obviously keeping his powder dry for upcoming states like South Carolina, which his campaign sees as much more winnable than liberal New Hampshire. His third place finish is impressive, considering that Trump outspent him by a 6 – 1 margin.

Both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie will be suspending their candidacies.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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