In the final primaries of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, while Obama was raking in the cash, he wasn’t raking in the votes. Â According to one source, he outspent his spring rival, Hillary Clinton, by a margin of 4-1 (other sources peg the ratio at 3-1 or 2.3-1 on ad buys alone) in the Pennsylvania primary.
Hillary won the Keystone State by nearly 10 points. Â And this at time when her campaign was riven by factional infighting. Â Late-deciders broke for her by a margin of 3-2.
Because he has bypassed federal funding, Obama may well have a bigger war chest for this fall’s campaign than John McCain. Â So, will it help make the difference in November or will it have the same impact as his Pennsylvania profligacy?
Jim Geraghty may have found the answer. Â In Florida, the state with the closest margin in 2000, Obama has so far sunk $8,000,000 into television advertising. Â Although spending $8,000,000 less than Obama, McCain still manages to lead by 6.3 points in theÂ Real Clear Average of Polls for the Sunshine State.