The Real Cost of a Presidential Campaign

By Kirsten Salyer - 2012-03-06T16:55:54Z

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Hitting the Road

Romney racks up the highest travel expenses thus far in the Republican primary race, shelling out $4.7 million. That compares with Paul's $3.5 million, Gingrich's $1.8 million, and Santorum's $860,407. Candidates have spent almost $20 million on travel costs, including commercial airline flights, car rentals, fuel, hotels, and food.