Barack Obama spent $14.85 per vote received in Nevada.(The National Journal complied the data.)
The John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket spent $13.95 there.
Obama spent $7.23 per vote in Missouri, but still lost to McCain, who shelled out "only" $5.19. Obama spent $12.15 to win each vote in Virginia while the Republican spent $4.35.
How about Florida? McCain = $2.11. Obama = $8.86. New Mexico: Obama = $7.23. McCain = $9.25. Montana: Obama = $6.09. McCain = $0.
Ohio: Obama = $7.90. McCain = $5.80. Pennsylvania: Obama = $9.08. McCain = $8.51.
As Jeff Goldstein observes, there's "no necessary correlation between money spent and electoral outcome." But cash and commercials sure help. So--take comfort!--the best thing about the election is that no Presidential contender ever will choose public funding again.