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Based on the amount of money raised in the three-way U.S. Senate race between Ned Lamont, Joseph Lieberman, and Alan Schlesinger, there’s no question Schlesinger got the most bang for his buck. Schlesinger, the Republican candidate who refused to concede at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday claiming only 20 percent of the precincts had been counted, said his campaign “got the most votes per dollar of any candidate.” He estimated that his campaign spent less than $1 per vote while the other two candidates raised more than $25 million during the campaign and “spent no less than $50 per vote.”

Schlesinger received about 10 percent of the vote with 78 percent of the precincts reporting and celebrated his defeat in good spirits at the Hartford Marriott in a conference room near the ballroom where Gov. M. Jodi Rell held her victory celebration. Rell was one the people Schlesinger blamed Tuesday for his lack of financial support; the other was President George W. Bush, who refused to endorse Schlesinger and who also had well-documented love affair with Lieberman.Lieberman’s independent candidacy earned him his fourth term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, despite having lost the Aug. 8 primary to Ned Lamont. Schlesinger said some voters may have voted for him Tuesday simply because he didn’t bombard viewers with annoying television ads (for which he had no funding). He said he knows for certain that he received some votes because people were just sick of the barrage of Lieber-mont television commercials.But more importantly, Schlesinger said, he felt he aired some important issues in the campaign, such as the social security dilemma and the country’s financial crisis being created by its gigantic debt. In the end, Schlesinger said his campaign was able to air some of these important issues with “humor and without attacking anyone.”