For all you revision monkeys of Unit 3’s US Elections topic I thought his worth bringing to your attention. … Let’s face it, as we all already know when it comes to money and the size of war chests in US elections, in nine out of ten races the one with the biggest war chest wins (… let’s hear it for one person one vote!). Post-Citizens Utd (2010) money has become even more of an issue of concern for voters, pundits and A2 students!
However, as Jeb Bush’s exit from the 2016 Republican party nomination race on February 20th reminded us, there are occasions when money doesn’t guarantee victory (His campaign received $11.4 million, $700,000 a day, during its first two weeks of campaigning alone!); which is why I thought this from the Washington Post worth a look:
In short David Trone, an obscenely rich wine magnate with shops in 21 states, this week failed to win Tuesday’s nine-person Democratic primary for an open congressional seat in Maryland. Trone is the first congressional candidate to have spent $12.4 million of his own money to try and secure a win, and he’s a great example of money not being the be-all and end-all in US elections. Be it in his case at state level, or at federal level too – just ask Mitt Romney about 2012!