What does $33 million in TV and radio advertising buy a former top tier Republican presidential primary candidate?
Back in July of this year, Bush as polling at the top of the field of Republican presidential candidates with 17% support, but things began to change almost overnight. Blame Trump for that.
When Jeb Bush saw his campaign begin to spiral down the proverbial political toilet, Team Bush and Right to Rise, the Super PAC backing his candidacy, began to spend big money to help stem the freefall in the polls he was enduring.
$33 million later, Bush has just about hit rock bottom, polling at 3.8%, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
How much more will Team Bush and Right to Rise PAC have to spend just to start polling in double-digits?
Here are what the other GOP presidential candidates have spent thus far:
- Team Marco Rubio: $13.1 million
- Team John Kasich: $8.4 million
- Team Chris Christie: $7.0 million
- Team Lindsey Graham: $2.7 million
- Team Ben Carson: $2.4 million
- Team Carly Fiorina: $1 million
- Team Rand Paul: $900,000
- Team Ted Cruz: $850,000
- Team Donald Trump: $216,000
Here are the total ad spending so far:
- Team Bush: $32.5 million ($31.7 million from Right to Rise Super PAC, $800K from campaign)
- Team Rubio: $13.1 million ($8.6 million from Conservative Solutions Project, $3 million from campaign, $1.4 million from Conservative Solutions Project)
- Team Clinton: $10.8 million ($10.6 million from campaign, $200K from Priorities USA)
- Team Kasich: $8.4 million (all from two outside groups)
- Team Christie: $7 million ($6.6 million from Super PAC, $400K from campaign)
- Team Sanders: $6.2 million (all from campaign)
- Team Graham: $2.7 million ($2.6 million from Security Is Strength Super PAC, $172K from campaign)
- Team Carson: $2.4 million ($2.3 million from campaign, $111K from Super PAC)
- Team Fiorina: $1 million (all from CARLY for America Super PAC)
- Team Paul: $900,000 ($780K from America’s Liberty PAC, $125K from campaign)
- Team Cruz: $850,000 ($640K from campaign, rest from Super PACs)
- Team Trump: $216,000 (all from campaign)
Trump, who has spent the least, enjoys an almost insurmountable lead in the polls.
Ted Cruz is right behind him in second place, and second in ad buys, while Rubio, who has spent the second most, is battling Cruz for second place.
Republican forks are out and ready to stick them into Bush.