I saw this today on the DB, a relay of a new piece up in WaPo. Someone (reporter Dan Eggen) is watching the numbers, while we debate these wonderful social issues.
We already knew this: this GOP contest has drawn a smaller set of voters, so far in state after state. Turnouts are down in most of the primaries and caucuses, for the GOP even lower than their very “off” year of 2008. Now comes news about the money. It is showing up there, too.
The embedded link in this quote was there in the article. It works, leads to fresh info about the “superPACs”.
Lost amid all the talk about millionaires influencing the 2012 election is a striking fact: The Republican primaries are shaping up as the cheapest and most financially depressed presidential nominating contests in years.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and the other Republicans vying to take on President Obama in November have raised and spent about half as much money as the GOP field did four years ago, campaign disclosure data show. The trend doesn’t stop there: Republicans in 2000 and Democrats in 2004 posted stronger financial numbers than this year’s crop of GOP challengers have.
Even adding this year’s spending by super PACs — a new kind of independent group that can raise millions of dollars at a time — the Republican contenders spent more cash in 2008 all on their own.
Now there are some facts, pesky things as usual, to chew over.