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Biggest Spenders Lost in Midterm Elections

Biggest Spenders Lost in Midterm Elections
Republican Senatorial candidates Sharron Angle and Linda McMahon’s campaigns were the midterm elections’ most expensive on a per-vote basis - $97 spent for each vote the candidates received.
Yet both lost, demonstrating that money was no guarantee in the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history, with a total nationwide tab of close to $4 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Spending totaled about $2.8 billion in the 2006 midterms.
The successful campaign of Angle’s opponent in Nevada, Majority Leader Harry Reid, spent $69 for each vote he received.
McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, lost to Attorney General D!ck Blumenthal after spending some $47 million of her own money, The Washington Post reported.
Republican Meg Whitman, former eBay chief executive, spent $140 million of her own money on her unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in California. But she was running in the nation’s most populous state, so her per-vote spending was significantly less than that of Angle and McMahon.
Rep. Scott Murphy, an upstate New York Democrat, spent $66 for each of the 99,000 votes he received, a total of about $6.5 million. But he lost by nearly 10 percentage points to Republican challenger Chris Gibson, who spent just $4 million, or $33 per vote.
In fact, among the 17 congressional campaigns that cost more than $60 for each vote received, 10 were Democrats and only three of them won.
“Money doesn’t guarantee victory,” pollster Mark Mellman, who worked for Reid and other Democrats, told the Post. “You can lose with it, but it’s hard to win without it.”
At the other end of the spending spectrum, Minnesota Republican Chip Cravaack beat 18-term congressman Jim Oberstar after spending just $5 for each vote he received, a total of $610,000.
Oberstar spent $2.3 million - about $18 per vote.

Here, locally....In the Iowa Senate race the demoçrat hatchet lady, limousine-liberal senator.... outspent the Conservative candidate by 6 to 8 times as much.....almost a million bucks, and lost by 5,091 votes....or over one of the most vicious campaigns ever seen in Iowa. 

The only positive thing about all this, is that the dems have thrown that money away, never to be in their hands again.

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Senior Contributor

Re: Biggest Spenders Lost in Midterm Elections

i was proud to see the union mob bosses  waste their members pensions on the election

Senior Contributor

Re: Biggest Spenders Lost in Midterm Elections

Hey Craig, when I think of big spenders not getting elected. The one that started it all was Mark Dayton back in `82, he saturated Minnesota and Iowa airwaves spending $6 million an unheard of amount at the time and got his butt handed to him. He was running for Minn. Senator and aired so many ads that us northern Iowegians were sick of him, shows money ain`t everything. Haven`t heard lately how Minn`s Guber recount is going but they`ll probably end up with him anyway. Lucky them. Smiley Happy