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Cost Per Vote In Mississippi

November 9, 2010
tags: 2010 House, MS-01, MS-02, MS-03, MS-04
by Brett

Much has been made about the fact that something that doesn’t usually happen in Mississippi happened twice last week. I, of course, am talking about incumbents going down in defeat. But another unusual scenario played out in the First and Fourth as well- the candidate who spent less (albeit by a small margin) won in both the races. According to the FEC filings as of October 13, both Gene Taylor and Travis Childers had spent more than Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee respectively. This does not include outside spending, but here is the cost per vote from last Tuesday:

First District

Travis Childers spent $1,392,785 and received 85,400 votes for an average cost per vote of $16.31.

Alan Nunnelee spent $1,149,102 and received 116,036 votes for an average cost per vote of $9.90.

Fourth District

Gene Taylor spent $602,645 and received 91,838 votes for an average cost per vote of $6.56.

Steven Palazzo spent $503,478 and received 101,318 votes for an average cost per vote of $4.97.

** In the Second, Bennie Thompson spent $869,219 on his re-election campaign. He received 101,257 votes for an average cost per vote of $8.58. In the Third, Gregg Harper spent $610,622 on his way to picking up the most votes in the state- 128,160. That averages out to $4.76 per vote.

For reference, here is the cost per vote from the Republican primaries in the First and Fourth

3 Comments leave one →
  1. bbbbb permalink
    November 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    What about the NRCC and DCCC money?

  2. Travis permalink
    November 9, 2010 3:24 pm

    How about updating the primary cost per vote. I believe the data is not current. We should reference the FEC filing after the primary not the filing before.

  3. November 9, 2010 4:41 pm

    Here is info on outside spending from Open Secrets:

    In MS01, $1,132,123 was spent ‘against Dems,’ $10,095 was spent ‘for Dems’ and $966,806 ‘against Republicans.’

    In MS04, $341,818 was spent ‘against Dems,’ $59,173 was spent ‘for Dems,’ and $156,327 was spent ‘against Republicans.

    I believe that includes everyone, not just DCCC/ NRCC.

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