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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Apparently, it takes a million to run for mayor in Salt Lake City.
Campaign finance reports released yesterday show the eight candidates who want to replace Mayor Rocky Anderson have raked in nearly $1.3 million in campaign contributions.
Republican and former City Councilman Keith Christensen leads the pack with more than $508,400 in his coffers.
Democrat and Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson is second with $241,348. She's followed by Republican City Councilman Dave Buhler with $216,397.
A Sept. 11 nonpartisan primary election will cut the field to two candidates.
Election observers predicted the mayor's race would cost $1 million or more.
But pollsters say fundraising totals and support don't necessarily correspond. April polling data from Salt Lake City-based Dan Jones & Associates put Wilson ahead in the race, followed by Buhler.
Information from: The Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune
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