As I noted in my final campaign post, incumbent Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane spent over $150,000 at $10/vote to avoid facing me in a runoff by only a 5% margin.
That’s a big number, especially compared to the $1.50/vote that I spent. However, I saw some staggering dollar-per-vote calculations in other races. One of the more startling is the amount Wil Cardon spent to go up against Jake Flake in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona.
The Arizona Daily Star is reporting Cardon went all-in with $8.8 million OF HIS OWN MONEY. AZCentral reports that’s about double what Flake spent, and Cardon got about 91,000 votes for about 20% of the vote compared to 70% for Flake. That’s almost $100/vote!
The Phoenix New Times summed it up with this headline:
Wil Cardon Officially Spent Millions of Dollars
to Get His Ass Handed to Him by Jeff Flake
Now I don’t have anything personal against Cardon. He seems like a decent fellow and his wife was nice at the few campaign events where the Senate candidates were featured along with state, county, and city candidates.
However, I have to wonder how there wasn’t some room in that almost $9 million for some national caliber campaign strategy.
Local political hack (whack?) Ellis Baxter did some late-race messaging for Cardon, including, “I won the ovarian lottery,” and, “Only rich guys should run for Senate.” I’d love to know what Cardon paid for THOSE gems.
Baxter is also fond of saying that 94% of the time, the candidate with the most money wins.
UPDATE: The City Clerk just posted the final results, as follows
|MAYOR||% Votes||# Votes|
|Lane, W.J. ”Jim”||55.36||21,837|
|COUNCIL||% Votes||# Votes|
John, have you seen what the total number of votes what for the primary?
FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS
MAYOR – CITY OF SCOTTSDALE
BERNHARDT, DREW 18.68% 7,367
LANE, W.J. ”JIM” 55.36% 21,837
WASHINGTON, JOHN 25.76% 10,161
COUNCILMEMBER CITY OF SCOTTSDALE
Over Votes: 375
27102 Under Votes:
BROWN, DENNY 3.88% 3,999
CRAWFORD, BILL 7.45% 7,683
KLAPP, SUZANNE 15.35% 15,837
KOMARNICKI, DEBRA 5.86% 6,044
KORTE, VIRGINIA 16.40% 16,919
LUOMA, ERIC 10.02% 10,336
MELI, JOE 5.38% 5,548
PHILLIPS, GUY 12.96% 13,377
PHILLIPS, ”COPPER” 8.13% 8,389
SCHAFFNER, CHRIS 8.42% 8,688
SERENA, CHRISTIAN 6.06% 6,252