Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Iowa Straw Poll

The USA Today has a very interesting breakdown of the dollars spent per vote by the Republican candidates in the Iowa Straw Poll:

• Third-place finisher Sam Brownback says he spent about $325,000 to win his
2,192 votes. That's $148.27 for each vote.

• Second-place finisher Mike Huckabee spent about $150,000 and received 2,587 votes. That's $57.98 per vote.

• Winner Mitt Romney has not said how much he spent. The reporting in this
Washington Post article
suggests at least $2 million and possibly more than twice that much. Assuming $2 million for 4,516 votes, that's $442.87 per vote. But it could top $1,000.
The exciting news for people interested in politics either left or right is the surprising showing by Mike Huckabee. I don't know much about him, outside of the fact he lost a ton of weight. Here is Governor Huckabee on the Daily Show: