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Primary Cost Per Vote

June 3, 2010
tags: 2010 House, MS-01, MS-04
by Brett

Below is a quick snapshot of what the five candidates in GOP primaries in MS-01 and MS-04 spent on the election and how many votes they ended up with. I then divided the disbursements by the total votes, and came out with the final column on the chart- the price per vote.

For a good comparison, check out Doc’s Political Parlor (an excellent Alabama blog) where they did the same thing for Alabama’s primaries on Tuesday (I’ll admit I stole their idea). Alabama had primaries for both federal and state elections so they obviously had a lot more voters and a ton more contests. Cost per vote in Alabama ranged from a low of $0.56 per vote for Dale Peterson in his unsuccessful Ag Commissioner bid on the GOP side (I imagine he was helped by this ad that received nationwide attention) to a high of $62.86 per vote for Les Philip in a losing effort in the AL-07 GOP primary.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jedley permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:05 pm

    The Tegerdine apologists used Palazzos advantage in fundraising as an excuse, but the numbers show that he actually didn’t actually spend that much more.

    He kept the majority of the funds in the war chest to use in November. No sense in wasting it against Tegerdine, who never really had a chance.

    The reality is that Steven Palazzo is the peoples candidate, and in the primary the people let their voices be heard!

    • KingMaker permalink
      June 3, 2010 5:41 pm

      This is the attitude that will cost Palazzo a humiliating defeat in November.

      • Reality permalink
        June 4, 2010 8:44 am

        Beliving that Palazzo is a true man of the people is an attitude that will cost him a humiliating defeat?

        Interesting theory.

        • KingMaker permalink
          June 4, 2010 2:03 pm

          I know that some of you on here that have claimed to be Palazzo supporters are really Taylor supporters. And, you are proving it a little more by continuing to drive a wedge between Palazzo and Tegerdine supporters.

          The attitude that will cause Palazzo a humiliating defeat is thinking that you need to continue to poke fun at Tegerdine supporters and not reach out and try to heal wounds.

          Palazzo himself has shown no interest in doing so, so why should I expect it from his supporters and especially the Taylor supporters pretending to be Palazzo supporters.

    • Dan Lindsay permalink
      June 4, 2010 4:22 pm

      The Mississippi GOP spent more money to defeat Joe Tegerdine in 3 months than they did in 20 years to beat Gene Taylor! Kind of makes you think doesn’t it?

  2. Mike permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:35 pm


    Speak for yourself buddy. Brett, nice post, great comparison.

    The people also ‘let their voices be heard’ on Obama… don’t know that I care.

    • Scott permalink
      June 3, 2010 8:58 pm

      Do the comparison when the final numbers are out… I guarantee all of the candidates spent more than what is posted before the primary.

      • mspolitics82 permalink
        June 3, 2010 11:19 pm

        AMEN…..especially the Palazzo campaign…there is NO WAY that much media (t.v. and mail and phones) could only cost $58,000.

  3. Dontreadonme permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:27 pm

    JT said low voter turnout was in his favor. I say low voter turnout is never good. Noticed how Lamar County did not show to vote. They normally vote more than Forrest County. The big shocker was Pearl River County voted over 3,000 people. That is more than Jones, Forrest, or Lamar. I ponder why this is the fact?

  4. mspolitics82 permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:17 pm

    This was the last report….if I am not mistaken, both campaigns spent money AFTER that report.

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