On May 19, Philadelphia Democrats set a record for the lowest turnout in the party's history: Only 234,000 of 806,000 registered Democrats bothered to vote.
It turns out another record was set during the primary season as well - the most money ever spent.
When you add it up, Democratic candidates for office - and the political action committees that supported them - spent $28.7 million during the months that led up to the primary.
It was, by far, the most expensive election ever in the city, even after taking inflation into account.
The total is based on campaign finance reports filed with city and state election agencies. It could go higher because a number of candidates and PACs have yet to file all (or, in some cases, any) of the reports required by law. One glaring example: 23 of the city's 69 Democratic wards failed to file a single scrap of paper about money raised or spent this year.
If you add up the money spent, and divide it into the total turnout, it comes to $122 for each Democratic voter who cast a vote.
Never has so much been spent by so many to attract so few.
While the reason for the low turnout isn't easy to pinpoint, that's not the case when it comes to the motives for the money.
For starters, there were highly competitive races for some offices, including mayor and Council at-large. The six candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor spent a total of nearly $5.3 million. Jim Kenney, the eventual winner, and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams each spent about $1.8 million. (In contrast, Melissa Murray Bailey, who was unopposed for the Republican nomination, spent $1,124. And for the record: All other Republicans running for city offices spent a total of $630,000.)