Super Saturday 2016 Election Results: Presidential Candidates’ Ad Spending Per Vote

See how Democratic and Republican candidates fared on Super Saturday.

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Getting elected to the most powerful job in the world isn’t cheap, but presidential candidates are willing to pay up. In total, the 2016 election is expected to cost up to $5 billion, more than double the amount spent on the 2012 race.

While presidential candidates can’t actually pay voters to get ahead in the primaries, they can outspend the competition in advertising to promote their campaigns, build name recognition and lambaste opponents. Find out how closely this year’s election results correlate with each candidate’s total ad spend, with data from Morning Consult.

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Super Saturday Results

Puerto Rico Results

Super Tuesday Results

Iowa Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Iowa Republican Presidential Candidates

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio ran a close race in Iowa. Cruz didn’t even come close to spending the most on ads, but the Texas senator ultimately won the Iowa Caucus with 28 percent of the vote, likely because the mostly evangelical constitutes identify with his conservative beliefs.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Jeb Bush$0$14.05 million$14.05 million5,238$2,682.32
Ben Carson$3.28 million$329,000$3.61 million17,395$207.53
Chris Christie$44,000$543,000$587,0003,284$178.75
Ted Cruz$2.90 million$4.53 million$7.43 million51,666$143.81
Carly Fiorina$356,000$475,000$831,0003,485$238.45
Mike Huckabee$0$2.76 million$2.76 million3,345$825.11
John Kasich$0$0$03,474$0
Rand Paul$86,000$1.23 million$1.32 million8,481$155.17
Marco Rubio$4.53 million$7.20 million$11.73 million43,165$271.75
Rick Santorum$3,000$29,000$32,0001,783$17.95
Donald Trump$3.54 million$24,000$3.56 million45,427$78.46

Iowa Democratic Presidential Candidates

The incredibly close Iowa Caucus results between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made history, but Clinton ultimately won with 49.9 percent of the vote. Her victory came despite the fact that she spent only 50 days in Iowa, compared to Sanders who ran 155 events over 60 days. Clinton’s ad spend in Iowa, however, was slightly larger.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal Votes*Cost Per Delegate
Hillary Clinton$10.74 million$48,000$7.43 million701$10,599.14
Martin O’Malley$0$239,000$239,0008$29,875
Bernie Sanders$10.01 million$0$10.01 million697$14,361.55
*The Iowa Democratic Party does not report vote totals. Amount listed is equal to number of delegates won.

New Hampshire Primary Results and Ad Spending

New Hampshire Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump scored a landslide victory at the New Hampshire primary, earning 35.3 percent of the votes, which is more than double the 15.8 percent received by second place winner John Kasich. Trump was praised for taking more time to meet with voters face to face and holding more interviews with the press. He also toned down the number of controversial remarks he made, helping secure his spot at the top.

CandidateTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Jeb Bush$36.1 million31,310$1,152.98
Ben Carson$575,0006,509$88.34
Chris Christie$18.5 million21,069$878.07
Ted Cruz$580,00033,189$17.48
Carly Fiorina$1.8 million11,706$153.77
John Kasich$12.1 million44,909$269.43
Rand Paul$831,0001,900$437.37
Marco Rubio$15.2 million30,032$506.13
Donald Trump$3.7 million100,406$36.85

Read More: 27 Unbelievable Things Donald Trump Said About Money, Minorities and Women

New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Candidates

Bernie Sanders achieved an overwhelming 60.4 percent of votes in the New Hampshire primary, proving he’s still very much in the race after his narrow loss at the Iowa caucus. However, the Vermont senator’s ad revenue more than doubled Clinton’s and he had home turf advantage.

CandidateTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$10.8 million95,252$113.38
Bernie Sanders$8.1 million151,584$53.44

South Carolina Primary Results and Ad Spending

South Carolina Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump solidified himself as the frontrunner of the Republican Party by sweeping the South Carolina primary with 32.5 percent of the vote despite spending the least on ads. The billionaire businessman was victorious because he won the support of several key demographic groups; he identifies with voters’ frustration with Washington; and he’s vocal on issues most important to constituents — terrorism, the economy and immigration.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Jeb Bush$83,000$13.70 million$13.78 million57,863$238.15
Ben Carson$1.01 million$45,000$1.06 million53,326$19.88
Ted Cruz$2.34 million$4.73 million$7.07 million164,790$42.90
John Kasich$497,000$385,000$882,00056,206$15.69
Marco Rubio$4.71 million$7.34 million$12.05 million165,881$72.64
Donald Trump$1.78 million$0$1.78 million239,851$7.42

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South Carolina Democratic Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton led by a wide margin in South Carolina. Despite near-identical spending on ads by Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders, the former Secretary of State annihilated the Vermont senator in the polls.

Between the number of votes Clinton received and her low ad budget, she beat out Trump on a cost-per-vote basis. Trump spent $7.42 per vote in the South Carolina Republican primary; Clinton spent $7.29 per vote.

CandidateTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$1.98 million271,514$7.29
Bernie Sanders$1.73 million95,977$18.03

Nevada Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Nevada Republican Presidential Candidates

Since Jeb Bush has dropped out of the presidential race, Donald Trump’s support has soared. In the Feb. 23 Nevada caucus, Trump brought in 45.9 percent of the votes. Marco Rubio beat Ted Cruz once more, maintaining his lead since South Carolina’s primary results. He brought in 23.9 percent of the votes while Cruz received 21.4 percent.

While John Kasich came last in the polls, the Ohio governor spent the least in ads, spending $1.11 in ads for each of the 2,709 votes he received. And while Marco Rubio was the biggest spender in the caucus, Ben Carson paid the most per vote. The former neurosurgeon spent $85.55 for each of his 3,619 votes.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ben Carson$306,000$0$306,0003,619$85.55
Ted Cruz$131,000$670,000$801,00016,079$49.82
John Kasich$0$3,000$3,0002,709$1.11
Marco Rubio$248,000$657,000$905,00017,940$50.45
Donald Trump$488,000$0$488,00034,531$14.13

Nevada Democratic Presidential Candidates

Bernie Sanders outspent Hillary Clinton again for the Nevada caucus, but this time she won with 52.6 percent of the vote, compared to Sanders’ 47.4 percent. Nevada is much more diverse than the primarily rural, suburban and predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire; Clinton was lined to win this caucus owed to the support of 76 percent of the state’s African American voters.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$3.49 million$245,000$3.74 million6,291$594.50
Bernie Sanders$4.12 million$0$4.12 million5,634$731.27

Super Tuesday 2016 Election Results

Super Tuesday’s election results are in, and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the day’s big winners. Voters across 12 states showed up to cast their ballots for their favorite Republican or Democratic candidate of choice — and big money was spent to win their support.

Find out how much each candidate spent to earn their votes in each state.

Read: Who Will Win the 2016 Election Money Race — Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush?

Alabama Primary Results and Ad Spending

Alabama Republican Candidates

Despite spending far less than his rivals and a controversial KKK endorsement, Donald Trump managed to score more than double the votes of runner-up Ted Cruz.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$471,000$205,000$676,000180,608$3.74
Marco Rubio$14,000$290,000$304,000159,802$1.90
Donald Trump$215,000$0$215,000371,735$0.58

Alabama Democratic Candidates

Hillary Clinton far outspent Bernie Sanders for the Alabama Democratic primary — and it paid off with an overwhelming win.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$543,000$0$543,000309,928$1.75
Bernie Sanders$95,000$0$95,00076,399$1.24

Alaska Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Alaska Republican Candidates

Former Governor Sarah Palin’s support wasn’t enough to help Donald Trump beat Ted Cruz in the Alaska Republican caucus. Still, none of the candidates paid much attention to the remote state, which is worth only 28 delegates.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$07,973$0
Marco Rubio$0$0$03,318$0
Donald Trump$0$0$07,346$0

Arkansas Primary Results and Ad Spending

Arkansas Republican Candidates

Ted Cruz far outspent Donald Trump in Arkansas — more than double in fact — but the billionaire businessman still managed to pull off a narrow win.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$189,000$465,000$654,000123,873$5.28
Marco Rubio$59,000$196,000$255,000101,235$2.52
Donald Trump$129,000$0$129,000133,144$0.97

Arkansas Democratic Candidates

Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady of Arkansas, proved she still has the support of her husband’s home state by receiving more than double the votes as Bernie Sanders — who skimped on spending campaign funds in the state.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$93,000$0$93,000144,580$0.64
Bernie Sanders>$1,000$0>$1,00064,864>$0.02

Colorado Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Colorado Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders spent more than double than Hillary Clinton campaigning in Colorado, a move that landed him an overwhelming win.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$769,000$0$769,00049,167$15.64
Bernie Sanders$1.78 million$29,000$1.81 million71,768$25.21

Georgia Primary Results and Ad Spending

Georgia Republican Candidates

Ted Cruz spent much more money campaigning in Georgia than his rivals, but Donald Trump and Marco Rubio still came out ahead.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$1.02 million$430,000$1.45 million305,109$4.75
Marco Rubio$43,000$222,000$265,000315,979$0.84
Donald Trump$278,000$0$278,000501,707$0.55

Georgia Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders spent no money on his Georgia campaign and lost by a landslide to Hillary Clinton.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$487,000$186,000$673,000543,008$1.24
Bernie Sanders$0$0$0214,332$0

Massachusetts Primary Results and Ad Spending

Massachusetts Republican Candidates

Ohio Gov. John Kasich put a lot of time and effort into his Massachusetts campaign — unlike other Republican candidates — which allowed him to enjoy a narrow victory ahead of Marco Rubio. Unfortunately, Kasich still suffered a crushing loss to Donald Trump.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
John Kasich$56,000$109,000$165,000113,783$1.45
Marco Rubio$0$0$0112,822$0
Donald Trump$0$0$0311,313$0

Massachusetts Democratic Candidates

Despite Sanders’ home state of Vermont bordering Massachusetts — and much more ad money spent in the state — the senator still narrowly lost to Clinton on Tuesday.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$1.18 million$0$1.18 million603,784$1.95
Bernie Sanders$1.79 million$0$1.79 million586,716$3.05

Minnesota Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Minnesota Republican Candidates

Ted Cruz is the only Republican candidate to invest in Minnesota, but his efforts failed as Marco Rubio won his first primary race in the state.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$10,000$0$10,00032,684$0.31
Marco Rubio$0$0$041,126$0
Donald Trump$0$0$024,018$0

Minnesota Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders campaigned a lot harder in Minnesota than Hillary Clinton, and his efforts resulted in a win.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$757,000$0$757,00073,510$10.30
Bernie Sanders$1.49 million$0$1.49 million118,135$12.61

Oklahoma Primary Results and Ad Spending

Oklahoma Republican Candidates

Ted Cruz’s campaign spent a lot of money garnering votes in Oklahoma, and this resulted in a win for the Texas senator.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$296,000$556,000$852,000157,941$5.39
Marco Rubio$52,000$163,000$215,000119,562$1.80
Donald Trump$0$0$0130,141$0

Oklahoma Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders spent nearly twice as much as Clinton earning his votes in Oklahoma. Between the money his campaign spent on ads and the largely white population, Sanders had a clear win in the southern state.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$535,000$0$535,000139,338$3.84
Bernie Sanders$988,000$0$988,000174,054$5.68

Tennessee Primary Results and Ad Spending

Tennessee Republican Candidates

Donald Trump spent a fraction of the money his opponents did in Tennessee, and the business mogul still pulled off a landslide victory.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$651,000$676,000$1.33 million211,159$6.28
Marco Rubio$125,000$286,000$411,000180,989$2.27
Donald Trump$205,000$0$205,000332,702$0.62

Tennessee Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders didn’t spend any money campaigning in Tennessee. With little support and investment into the southern state, Sanders gave Clinton a win in Oklahoma on Super Tuesday.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$433,000$128,000$561,000245,304$2.29
Bernie Sanders$0$0$0120,333$0

Texas Primary Results and Ad Spending

Texas Republican Candidates

Ted Cruz is a Texas senator, so his overwhelming win is no surprise. Despite his home field advantage, Cruz still spent more on ads than Trump and Rubio, ensuring a landslide victory.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$501,000$477,000$978,0001.24 million$0.79
Marco Rubio$0$0$0502,223$0
Donald Trump$384,000$0$384,000757,618$0.51

Texas Democratic Candidates

Hillary Clinton spent more than seven times the campaign funds Bernie Sanders did in Texas, earning her more than double the number of votes.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$1.30 million$91,000$1.40 million935,080$1.49
Bernie Sanders$171,000$22,000$193,000475,561$0.41

Vermont Primary Results and Ad Spending

Vermont Republican Candidates

John Kasich vehemently campaigned in Vermont, but Donald Trump still managed to score a narrow win despite spending zero campaign dollars on the state.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
John Kasich$75,000$57,000$132,00018,543$7.12
Marco Rubio$0$58,000$58,00011,778$4.92
Donald Trump$0$0$019,968$0

Vermont Democratic Candidates

Since Bernie Sanders is a Vermont senator, his win was a given and neither candidate spent much money campaigning in the state.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$23,000$0$23,00018,335$1.25
Bernie Sanders$0$0$0115,863$0

Virginia Primary Results and Ad Spending

Virginia Republican Candidates

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz had nearly the same cost per vote in Virginia, but the billionaire pulled off an overwhelming victory, receiving more than double the votes as Cruz.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$110,000$110,000173,193$0.64
Marco Rubio$169,000$607,000$776,000327,042$2.37
Donald Trump$225,000$0$225,000355,960$0.63

Virginia Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders didn’t spend a dime campaigning in Virginia, but Hillary Clinton invested significant resources to score a massive win.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$582,000$0$582,000503,358$1.16
Bernie Sanders$0$0$0275,507$0

Super Saturday 2016 Election Results

The week leading up to Super Saturday, Mitt Romney took a strong stance against Donald Trump, delivering a scathing speech on the business mogul. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio followed suit at the March 3 Republican debate in Detroit, lashing out at Trump at every given opportunity. The attacks harmed Trump’s showing on Super Saturday, where he only came out ahead in two of the five states.

Despite spending more than any other Republican candidate on Super Saturday, Rubio fell further behind, winning only Puerto Rico, which does not get to vote in the general election.

Bernie Sanders meanwhile had a strong showing in Kansas, Maine and Nebraska, while Clinton took Louisiana. She consistently came ahead in ad spending; Sanders only outspent the former Secretary of State in Kansas, where he spent $180,000 in ads compared to her $169,000 budget.

Kansas Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Kansas Republican Candidates

Despite spending over $100,000 in ads, Marco Rubio only earned 16.7 percent of the votes in the Kansas caucus. While Donald Trump came ahead of both Rubio and John Kasich, Ted Cruz dominated the state, earning 48.2 percent of the votes.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$035,207$0
John Kasich$0$0$07,795$0
Marco Rubio$103,000$0$103,00012,189$8.45
Donald Trump$0$0$017,062$0

Kentucky Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Kentucky Republican Candidates

Republican presidential candidates didn’t spend a dime advertising in Kentucky. Donald Trump came out of the caucus with 35.9 percent of the votes. Ted Cruz earned 31.6 percent, giving Republicans hope that the Canadian-born candidate will beat Trump to the presidential nomination.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$072,503$0
John Kasich$0$0$033,134$0
Marco Rubio$0$0$037,579$0
Donald Trump$0$0$0 82,493$0

Louisiana Primary Results and Ad Spending

Louisiana Republican Candidates

Donald Trump came ahead in Louisiana with Ted Cruz at his heels. Despite nearly $100,000 in ad spending in Louisiana, Marco Rubio beat only John Kasich in votes.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$0113,949$0
John Kasich$0$0$019,355$0
Marco Rubio$98,000$0$98,00033,804$2.89
Donald Trump$0$0$0124,818$0

Maine Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Maine Republican Candidates

Maine was not a highly-contested state for Republicans; the state is only worth 23 delegates.

Maine voters were split heavily between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, however. In the end, Cruz won with 45.9 percent of the votes. Trump came second with 32.6 percent.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$08,550$0
John Kasich$0$0$02,270$0
Marco Rubio$0$0$01,492$0
Donald Trump$0$0$06,070$0

Maine Democratic Candidates

Bernie Sanders’ victory among Democrats in Maine came at no surprise — the Vermont senator has had a strong showing in Northeastern states. Even with Hillary Clinton spending a modest $104,000 in ads, Sanders blew her out of the water, earning 64.3 percent of the delegates.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal DelegatesCost Per Delegate
Hillary Clinton$104,000$0$104,00015$6,933.33
Bernie Sanders$0$0$09$0

Nebraska Caucus Results and Ad Spending

Nebraska Democratic Candidates

Nebraska was a heavily contested state for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernies Sanders. The two spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads. Despite spending more than $50,000 more in ads, Clinton lost to Sanders.

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Hillary Clinton$407,000$0$407,00019,120$21.29
Bernie Sanders$355,000$0$355,00014,340$24.76

Puerto Rico Primary Results and Ad Spending

Puerto Rico Republican Candidates

Marco Rubio blew the competition out of the water in Puerto Rico, earning 73.8 percent of the votes. Trump came in second with a meek 13.6 percent while Cruz came in third with 9 percent

CandidateCampaign SpendingSuper PACs SpendingTotal SpendingTotal VotesCost Per Vote
Ted Cruz$0$0$03,340$0
John Kasich$0$0$0516$0
Marco Rubio$0$0$027,485$0
Donald Trump$0$0$05,052$0

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