Where Bush Is Banking on Votes

State

Primary Allocation thru June 30

California

157,109.08

Texas

86,811.57

Connecticut

46,397.01

Pennsylvania

28,627.10

Florida

25,767.65

D.C.

24,778.31

Iowa

18,307.12

Michigan

15,770.98

New Hampshire

15,016.32

Massachusetts

13,931.98

South Carolina

13,400.03

Illinois

13,218.29

Virginia

10,147.32

Georgia

8,791.04

Arizona

6,355.69

Missouri

3,082.14

Maine

2,734.00

New York

2,550.56

Alaska

1,861.65

Ohio

1,669.21

North Carolina

1,083.51

New Jersey

880.66

Indiana

851.28

New Mexico

803.41

Maryland

692.53

Louisiana

300.66

Alabama

233.72

Oklahoma

88.18

Arkansas

59.36

Washington

54.67

Minnesota

32.59

Wisconsin

31.41

Tennessee

19.78

Delaware

18.97

North Dakota

18.52

Utah

13.51

W. Virginia

5.96

Mississippi

3.75

Colorado

0.00

Hawaii

0.00

Idaho

0.00

Kansas

0.00

Kentucky

0.00

Montana

0.00

Nebraska

0.00

Nevada

0.00

Oregon

0.00

Rhode Island

0.00

South Dakota

0.00

Vermont

0.00

Wyoming

0.00

Guam

0.00

Puerto Rico

0.00

Virgin Islands

0.00

Total

$501,520.14

It's "California or Bust" for Gov. George W. Bush; the presidential candidate has promised to campaign "vigorously" there through November 2000. And he's made good on that vow so far, with an investment of more than $157,000 in California -- more than eight-and-a-half times what he has spent in Iowa, and 10 times what he has spent in New Hampshire. The Campaign Study Group, a Virginia-based bipartisan consulting firm, is currently analyzing Bush's California expenditures.

Judging from his allocations in other states, Bush also appears to be betting heavily on votes in Connecticut, where a recent poll of 502 voters gave him a 54% edge; Pennsylvania, the site of the GOP's national convention in 2000; in Florida, home of brother Jeb; Washington, D.C., where he hopes to make his future residence, and, of course, his home base of Texas, where he's spent over $86,000. Bush's penny-pinching in the other Southern states could indicate his belief that he'll win those states with little effort. -- R.B.

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