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Mayoral candidates unleash final spending strategies

With just over a week until voters narrow the Boston mayoral field from 12 candidates to two, campaigns are in the final push to spend the money they have raised.

Candidates reported their financial figures for the last time prior to the Sept. 24 preliminary election.

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State Representative Martin J. Walsh outraised opponents during the first half of September, bringing in $209,432, his campaign said.

His campaign has spent much of the $1.3 million raised since April, when he started his mayoral run, and is left with $267,774 eight days away from the primary.

“We’re just running the campaign that we have always been running, concentrated on our ground game, on our field,” said Joyce Linehan, a Walsh spokeswoman.

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The official deadline to report figures to the state is Friday. Seven of eight campaigns interviewed by the Globe provided financial information. A spokesman for the Michael P. Ross campaign declined to provide fund-raising numbers Sunday.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s campaign said it amassed $105,000 in donations and has the largest amount of cash left, $665,000.

“We’re heading into the home stretch with the resources we need to win,” said Michael Sherry, Conley’s campaign spokesman.

City Councilor John R. Connolly’s campaign told the Globe that it has raised $60,736 since Sept. 1.

“Our resources are focused on contacting undecided voters,” Connolly’s spokeswoman Martha Bixby said in an e-mail.

Former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie’s campaign said it collected about $40,000. About $130,000 remains, which will go to reaching voters through mailers and phone calls, said Joyce Ferriabough Bolling, a strategist for the campaign.

Bill Walczak’s campaign has gathered about $20,000 but is not done yet, his spokesman, Wyatt Ronan, said via e-mail.

“We are in the middle of a midmonth fund-raising push,” he wrote.

John F. Barros’s campaign said it raised $18,720, buoyed by his birthday party/celebratory fund-raiser.

City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo raised $10,022 so far in September, the smallest haul among the seven candidates who provided their totals to the Globe. His campaign raised $101,324 in August, and now has about $50,000 left.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at

Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story about fund-raising in the mayoral campaign misstated the deadline for reporting contributions to the state. The deadline is Friday.

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