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If you need proof money cannot buy you love, take a gander at how much Al “Bear Killer” Gross spent on his failed bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Gross’s campaign spent about $19,410,839 to woo Alaska voters. That landed him 146,068 votes on election day, or 41 percent of votes cast in that race. That adds up to a whopping $133 per vote.
Sullivan? His campaign spent about $9,963,586. He got 191,112 votes, or 54 percent. That comes out to about $52 per vote.
All that is a lot of money, but the race showed cash is not everything in all political campaigns, and it cast doubt on the old political saw that he who spends the most wins.
But the real winners in November were long-suffering Alaskans who no longer have to be the target for the Gross campaign’s repetitively obnoxious ads.