Many candidates spent big on this election. Many lost, a few won and some didn't even show.
That's substantially more than the $102 million spent by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, and over double the $65 million spent by presidential contender Ross Perot in 1992.
For Whitman, the former eBay CEO, her personal spending amounted to $46.91 per vote. That still wasn't enough to beat challenger Jerry Brown, whose entire campaign spent about $7 per vote.
What many say did her in: Reports late in the race that she hired an illegal housekeeper, at $23 per hour.
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