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Thu March 1, 2012
Super Pacs spent big in Michigan's Republican presidential primary
A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows Super Pacs outspent the candidates in Michigan’s Republican president primary.
It should be no surprise that a lot of money was spent in the days and weeks leading up to Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary. It’s probably also not a surprise that much of the money was spent by third party groups.
Winner Mitt Romney’s campaign spent one and a half million dollars on TV ads during the primary campaign. A pro-Romney Super Pac spent nearly two million dollars during the campaign.
Runner-up Rick Santorum spent just under a million dollars, while a pro-Santorum Super Pac spent over a million dollars.
Third place finisher Ron Paul spent less than 60 thousand dollars for TV ads in Michigan. Paul had no support from Super Pacs.
"Money prevailed in the end as it usually does," says Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
Breaking down the numbers, Mitt Romney and his Super Pac spent about $8.45 for each vote the former Massachusetts governor received in the primary.
Rick Santorum and his Super Pac spent about $5.81 per primary vote in Michigan.
Third place finisher Ron Paul spent a relatively frugal 48 cents per vote.