We’re constantly reminded by the “Never Trump” crowd that the head-to-head polls thus far show Donald Trump losing to Hillary Clinton in November (as if a third party candidate would do better). Granted, the average poll shows Hillary leading by three percentage points thus far, but here’s what we never seem to hear about; how unimpressive that is.
As a Republican, Trump would like to portray himself as fiscally responsible, and one line of attack he can launch stems from the finances of both campaigns thus far. According to the Gateway Pundit; Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has now spent more than $46 million on his campaign. Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have spent $151 million and $165 million, respectively, or more than $316 million combined. Trump’s expenditures are 28 percent of Sanders’ expenditures and 30 percent of Clinton’s.
Republican contenders Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spent $70 million, $60 million, $45 million and $34 million, respectively, on their failed campaigns.
Trump has 1,168 delegates to date. Cruz has 574, Carson 7, Rubio 168 and Bush 4. Trump spent $39k per delegate. Cruz spent $122k per delegate. Carson spent $8.6 million per delegate. Rubio spent $268k per delegate. And, Bush spent $8.5 million per delegate.
The figures are even more impressive on a per-vote basis. Topping over eleven million popular votes, Trump has spent just over $4 per vote. By contrast, with nearly thirteen million votes, Hillary has spent $11.60 per vote. Socialist Sanders has spent $16.57. And remember, the popular vote in the Republican primary was split between over a dozen candidates – the Democrats were split between two (does Martin O’Malley really even count?).If this is the fiscal recklessness she runs her campaigns with, who wants to imagine what her presidency would look like? At a cost of $4 per vote, that’s a steal of an investment for Trump – and unlike Hillary Clinton, he has a tad more cash to finance that investment.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]