No bargain

Walt Hickey has one of the funnier statistics from the Iowa clusterfark:

Jeb Bush and his super PAC spent $14.1 million in Iowa and obtained 2.8 percent of the vote. That’s about $2,800 per vote. Jeb Bush is that friend you have who is totally a Hufflepuff but believes he can buy his way into Gryffindor.

Bush ran sixth, and collected one actual delegate to take to the convention in Cleveland. The wisest shopper of the bunch, apparently, was Donald Trump. Compared to Jeb’s spending:

That’s about 18 times as much money as first-place winner Ted Cruz spent for each vote he received. It’s also 34 times as much as silver medalist Donald Trump spent, and 10 times the amount spent by third-place winner Marco Rubio.

“Third-place winner”? Must be someone from off-planet editing these things.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 February 2016 · 9:30 am

    Now I want to see what the Sorting Hat says about the rest of the candidates.

    Willing to bet there’s a disproportionate number of Slytherins.

  2. McGehee »

    3 February 2016 · 9:42 am

    Huckabee and Santorum dropped out right after the voting, IIRC. Rand Paul is gone now.

    I think Bush is hoping for a most-improved trophy from New Hampshire.

  3. McGehee »

    3 February 2016 · 4:27 pm

    I guess Santorum’s departure was anticipated right after the voting. Dropped the shoe after Rand.

  4. Roger Green »

    4 February 2016 · 8:04 am

    I SO hate agreeing with DT, but Cruz DID steal Iowa. Carson supporters would have likely given 1st place to The Donald.

  5. McGehee »

    4 February 2016 · 8:24 am

    No, Roger. All the Cruz camp did was read a CNN report — which was based on a poorly composed Carson camp announcement — and act accordingly. The Trump and Rubio camps did the same thing, but Cruz is getting the flak because he won.

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