With only 5,165 votes cast in Iowa for the former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush managed to garner a measly 2.8% of Republican support. I don’t need to tell you that considering all the establishment hype that Bush got in the early months of the race, this is a pretty pathetic result. But what makes it worse is that while he landed in 6th place, he somehow managed to spend more money on the race than any other candidate.
Bush spent a whopping $2,884 per Iowa vote, according to the Weekly Standard:
Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa. His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.
Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.
According to MSNBC, Bush spent $14.9 million in Iowa, all coming from Bush’s super PAC. (In fact, if one were to consider national ads and money from the campaign, the total would be significantly more.)
That means, the once Republican frontrunner spent $2,884 per Iowa vote.
The lesson here? Money can’t buy you appeal, or a new last name. Well, maybe it can buy you a new last name, but Bush refuses to accept the reality that his surname is probably one of the biggest things holding him back. His self-delusion will likely keep him in the race until at least South Carolina, or until he is taken by the hand and led back to the family compound by Karl Rove who will insist to him that it was that mean Donald Trump who ruined everything. Darn him!
In all seriousness, though, my best advice to Jeb! is to give it up already.
What do you think about this over-the-top spending? Do you think the former Florida Governor believes money grows on trees? Does he have a chance in New Hampshire? Share your opinions below.