In a primary season full of twists and turns, this week brought us back once again to the era of inevitably for Mitt Romney, with a sweep of the Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington DC primaries. As our frequent readers know, we’ve been extremely interested in the question of how money has been influencing the race, and the specific question of how much each candidate (and the Super PACs that support them) has spent per delegate earned.
Since we started following the data on the amount of money spent per delegate by each of the candidates, the trend has been pretty steady: Ron Paul gets the least bang for his buck (as of our last update on March 22, Paul spent $730,000 for each of his delegates) while Rick Santorum spent only $70,722 per delegate. So how do things stack up after Romney’s big wins this week?
The following charts compare the four GOP candidates on the total amount of money raised/spent (accesed 4/6/12). These figures include revenues/expenditures by the campaigns and the Super PACs that support them. The delegate count comes from here.
|Candidate||Money Raised||Money Spent||Delegates||Overall Cost per Delegate|
The results are remarkably similar to a few weeks back, with things getting slightly better for Paul (he now spend only $715,686 per delegate, a drop of around $14,000), Romney ($153,191, for a drop of around $26,000), and Santorum ($66,192, for a drop of around $4,000). The number for Gingrich remain the same due to lack of updated data since our last post.