State Representative Martin J. Walsh continued his brisk fund-raising in the race for mayor of Boston, hauling in twice as much last month as his rival, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly, whose fund-raising sagged in September.
But Walsh was spending so heavily in the run-up to his victory in the Sept. 24 preliminary election that Connolly now has slightly more cash in the bank as the duo begin the final dash to the Nov. 5 general election.
“You’re in a dead-even race with dead-even money, so this is going to be a fight to the finish,” said Jim Spencer, a political consultant who worked for mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie in the preliminary election, but is unaffiliated in the final. “It’s going to be who uses their resources more wisely.”
Thumbnail figures provided by Walsh’s campaign show he collected $381,647 in September, leaving him with $181,115 cash on hand, down significantly from the $700,000 he had in the bank at the end of August. The numbers released Tuesday do not indicate the names or occupations of the donors, information that would reveal the degree to which he depended on labor unions for support.
Connolly took in $163,419 in September, leaving him with $191,473, far less than the $589,000 he had in his account at the end of August, according to his campaign.
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