Ralph Becker certainly got the better deal.
Salt Lake City's mayor-elect ended up spending $24.26 per vote in his lopsided victory over Dave Buhler, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.
Buhler spent about $7 more per vote ($31.29) but walked away with only leftover T-shirts and campaign signs as souvenirs.
Buhler raised nearly $490,000 in his campaign for mayor and spent all but about $4,200 of that, according to the reports. The two-term Salt Lake City councilman added $25,000 to his war chest in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election, including a $7,500 donation from the Utah Republican Party.
Contributions to Becker's campaign after Oct. 26 totaled $91,000, pushing his grand total to $685,000. A little more than $17,000 of those funds remain.
Becker, who will be sworn in as mayor Jan. 7, collected nearly 64 percent of the 43,000-plus votes cast for mayor on Election Day. Buhler earned just shy of 34 percent of the vote.
Buhler, whose term on the City Council expires at the end of the year, has been recommended to serve as interim commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education. His name will be presented to the Board of Regents for approval on Dec. 14. If approved, Buhler would take over the post Jan. 1, when Commissioner Rich Kendell retires.