Delgado spent $2M to win NY19 Dem primary (updated X 2)

(Update: spending amounts have been revised to subtract refunded contributions and loan repayments from the candidates’ disbursement totals.)

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado spent a little over $2 million – or about $265 per vote – during his long slog to win the June 26 primary against six other Democrats who hoped to take on Republican Rep. John Faso in November.

Delgado, an attorney who lives in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, won the primary with 22 percent of the vote in New York’s 19th Congressional District, about four points higher than his nearest rivals. He was one of the earliest candidates to emerge last year in what turned out to be a crowded and competitive Democratic race, in which the seven contenders who stuck it out spent a total of more than $7 million, according to the latest campaign disclosure forms.

Delgado was the most prodigious fundraiser. Despite having six Democratic rivals competing for donors up through the primary, he outraised Faso by $2.8 million to $2.3 million over the last year and a half. In the most recent 24-day reporting period, Delgado raised $470,979 and the freshman congressman collected $313,989.

Delgado also spent a lot more than Faso because of the primary. He had $661,742 on hand as of June 30, about half the $1.3 million Faso had in his coffers.

Brian Flynn, a Greene County business executive who tied for fourth in the primary, had the second highest expenses and wound up with the highest per-vote cost: $329. Jeff Beals, a former Mideast diplomat and high school history teacher from Woodstock, got the same number of votes as Flynn and spent less than a third as much. He hasn’t filed his latest fundraising report, but appears to have achieved the lowest per-vote cost. (Update #2: Beals’ financial reporting through June 30 indicates he spent less than $300,000, about a fifth of Flynn’s total. He did have lowest per-vote cost: $64)

Here’s how much the seven Democrats who competed in the June 26 primary raised and spent since entering the race:

Antonio Delgado

Raised: $2,752,169

Spent: $2,039,700

Votes: 7,690

Cost per vote: $265.24

Pat Ryan

Raised: $1,739,213 (including $50,000 he loaned campaign)

Spent: $1,376,563

Votes: 6,194

Cost per vote: $222.24

Brian Flynn

Raised: $1,547,693 (including $700,000 he loaned campaign)

Spent: $1,515,115

Votes: 4,608

Cost per vote: $328.80

Gareth Rhodes

Raised: $904,485

Spent: $754,867

Votes: 6,242

Cost per vote: $120.93

Dave Clegg

Raised: $792,815 (including $508,000 he loaned campaign and $35,453 he gave)

Spent: $353,939

Votes: 3,873

Cost per vote: $91.39

Jeff Beals

Raised: $363,875 (including $56,000 he loaned campaign)

Spent: $295,528

Votes: 4,608

Cost per vote: $64.13

Erin Collier

Raised: $210,937

Spent: $193,785

Votes: 1,700

Cost per vote: $113.99

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