By the Numbers: Turnout and Money
Republicans outvoted Democrats by almost two-and-a-half to one, but that's not saying much, as fewer than one in nine adult Texans bothered with this year's party primaries. Also: Who spent the most to win? To lose?
Unofficially, 2 million Texans voted, and 49 percent of them voted early. In uncanvassed returns, 587,146 Democrats voted in their presidential race, and 51.6 percent voted before May 29. On the Republican side, 1,443,781 voted, 48 percent of them early, according to the Secretary of State's posted returns.
• Most expensive losses, measured by dollars spent per vote: David Alameel, $1,277 per vote; Steve Salazar, $215; Chrysta Castaneda, $173; Roger Burns, $157; Sarah Winkler, $140. All but Burns are Democrats, and the first three were in the same race, for the 33rd Congressional District.
• Most expensive wins: Joe Straus, $140; Lon Burnam, $103; Chris Turner, $87; Lloyd Doggett, $75; Ron Simmons, $55. Doggett was running for reelection to Congress; the rest are Texas House candidates.
• Most efficient winner: Martha Dominguez won the Democratic nomination for the State Board of Education's District 1 spending $45, or about $9 for every 10,000 votes. Nobody else was close.
• A dozen candidates spend more than $1 million, led by David Dewhurst, $17.1 million; Tom Leppert, $5.2 million; Ted Cruz, $4.4 million; Alameel, $2.6 million; Barry Smitherman, $2.2 million [Editor's note: an earlier version of this had an incorrect total for Smitherman]; Elizabeth Ames Jones, $1.8 million; and Roger Williams, $1.6 million. That list of seven includes no outright winners: Dewhurst, Cruz, Smitherman and Williams are all in runoffs, and the other three lost.
* Caveat 1: The numbers don't include money spent on behalf of candidates by PACs, Super PACs, nonprofit civic groups, etc.
* Caveat 2: The Texas Secretary of State doesn't have the vote totals for candidates in uncontested state races (except for the statewide races), according to a spokesman. No joke. You can't compute the cost per vote for those people, since all that's known, apparently, is that they won.
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