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Winning Delegates on the Cheap

10:25 AM, Mar 12, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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A few days ago, Time crunched the numbers and found that Mitt Romney has—so far—spent $17.14 for every vote he's won. But over the weekend, Romney hit what must surely be the biggest value-play in recent political history.

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For winning Guam, Romney pocketed 9 delegates, which, for the sake of context, is more than he won in New Hampshire (where he took home 8) or South Carolina (2). It's as much as he earned from Colorado and just slightly under his haul from Iowa (12) and Michigan (16). For all we know, come summer, 9 delegates could be what puts him over the top and prevents a brokered convention.

So how many people voted in Guam to award these 9 delegates to Mitt Romney? 215.

That's not a typo. Two-hundred and fifteen voters determined the apportionment of nine delegates. Finally, we see evidence of the Bain Capital Romney's ability to spot undervalued assets, leverage built-in advantages, and harness a multiplier effect. It's not winning hearts and minds, exactly, but it's sharp.

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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