Who Got the Best Deal on Primary Votes?

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio (L) laughs with Christine Quinn (2nd R), New York City Council Speaker and former mayoral hopeful, at a news conference where Quinn endorsed de Blasio outside City Hall on September 17, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio will face Republican Joseph Lhota in the general mayoral election November 5, 2013, with the winner succeeding current Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/2013 Getty Images

In crunching the numbers to determine the per-vote cost of each mayoral primary campaign, the New York Times led with the most outrageous: John Catsimatidis, who shelled out $419 a vote. On the other end of the spectrum, Bill de Blasio got the best deal at $24 a vote, spending $6.8 million for the campaign. Anthony Weiner spent a bit less overall, at $6.5 million, but he still wound up spending the second-highest per vote, at $190. If only that was the greatest indignity of his campaign.