Romney and the Gramm-o-meter
By Jonathan Weisman
With Mitt Romney officially out of the race, it's time for Republican strategist Alex Vogel to weigh in with his final Gramm-o-meter for the former Massachusetts governor. The meter was named in honor of former Senator Phil Gramm, whose profligate spending-per-delegate won has still set the standard for inefficiency.
By Vogel's earlier calculations, Mitt Romney was set to give Gramm a run for his money with more $1 million spent for every delegate won. But Romney's Super Tuesday finishes put his spending ratio well below Gramm's 1996 record of $2.5 million. Vogel estimates that Romney finished his race having spent $309,439 per delegate.
By contrast, the campaigns of John McCain and Mike Huckabee, have been more efficient in their spending. Huckabee spent roughly $49, 649 per delegate; McCain's spent $57,566.
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