What is the price of victory? Considering that billionaire Meg Whitman
defeated rival billionaire Steve Poizner by nearly 40 percentage points on Tuesday to become the Republican nominee for governor in California, that question may be difficult to answer.
What is certain, though, is that Whitman spent a record $81 million
in the primary race, $71 million of it from her own personal fortune. Given that Whitman received 1,101,528 votes
, that means she spent approximately $74 per vote.
One wonders what the dollar to vote ratio will be for the general election in which Whitman will face Democrat Jerry Brown in what is being billed as the most expensive gubernatorial race
in the state's history.
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