No MO Money For a Former Bellwether

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NPR's Adam Cole compiled a whole bunch of data on campaign spending between April and October of this year and then crunched the numbers to figure out where the Democrats and Republicans had done most of their spending. Turns out Ohio and Florida got the most love by far ($28.3 million and $38.9 million respectively) -- although, because Nevada and New Hampshire have smaller populations, the two campaigns ended up spending more money per person in those two states. (In this case, a "person" actually means a voting-aged adult. In New Hampshire, each vote was worth $5.35. In Nevada, it was a whopping $5.94.)

By contrast, Obama has spent $5 million in Missouri this year and Romney $7.2 million.

But even though we've been ignored by the Presidential campaigns, we've been spending pretty lavishly on ourselves. Claire McCaskill's campaign has raised $19.4 million and spent $17.4 million. Todd Akin has raised $4.6 million (only $1.6 million between the time he first opened his mouth about "legitimate rape" and the end of the crucial third quarter in September) and spent nearly all of it. He got a recent boost courtesy of reclusive, chess-loving billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who donated $200,000 to a PAC called Now or Never PAC which, in turn, gave $800,000 to help Akin through the last week of his campaign.

Can you imagine if that money were actually funneled into something more useful than TV ads?

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