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Viewpoint - November 17, 2010

Letter: Measure T tab: $80 per vote

The recent election campaigns offer interesting food for thought about how much spending is necessary to win.

If the report that Dave Bohannon spent $475,000 to support Measure T is accurate, his winning total of about 6,000 votes cost him almost $80 a vote. In contrast, the $141.6 million Meg Whitman spent amounted to only about $35 for each vote in her favor.

Imagine what the outcome of the gubernatorial race might have been if Whitman had been willing to spend as much per vote as Bohannon. On the other hand, if Bohannon had limited his investment to the Whitman level, it would have yielded on a straight line extrapolation only about 2,700 votes and not have been enough to buy Measure T.

James R. Madison, Holly Avenue, Menlo Park

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