Salt Lake Mayoral Candidates Raking in Campaign Donations

Salt Lake Mayoral Candidates Raking in Campaign Donations

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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

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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