In money race, Stothert has had momentum since primary - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:30 am / Updated at 12:55 am
In money race, Stothert has had momentum since primary

Republican mayoral candidate Jean Stothert turned her April primary win into a healthy flow of cash, raising more in six weeks than she did in the previous nine months.

The Omaha mayoral candidate raised about $570,000 since March 19, compared with the $513,000 she took in from the time she mounted her quest for mayor in July until mid-March.

In contrast, Democratic Mayor Jim Suttle raised about $280,000 in the most recent six-week period.

Suttle is vying to be re-elected mayor of Omaha, and Stothert is hoping to unseat him. The election is May 14.

Overall, the two candidates have been evenly matched, with each raising a little more than $1 million for the entire campaign.

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However, Stothert's recent financial edge has allowed her to dominate the airwaves since the April 2 primary, outspending Suttle about 2-to-1 on television advertising.

Each candidate is expected to file the latest finance reports on Monday with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, covering the period between March 19 and April 29.

Stothert's sudden rush of cash is nothing new.

In past elections, the winner of a competitive mayoral primary has often raked in the dollars after besting partisan competitors.

For example, in the 2009 campaign, Republican candidate Hal Daub raised about $416,000 after beating fellow Republican Jim Vokal in the primary.

Suttle's best money-raising days this campaign season came before the primary, when he ran as the lone Democrat in the race.

Prior to March 19, Suttle outraised Stothert by a considerable sum: $805,000 for Suttle, $513,000 for Stothert.

After the primary, Suttle essentially went dark on television for about three weeks. As of today, he had spent about $70,000 on television, while Stothert had spent about $140,000 in the same period.

Gary DiSilvestro, Suttle's chief campaign consultant, said the campaign is simply saving its resources until voters are paying attention to the race.

He noted that in 2009, Suttle waited until the final weeks of the campaign to go up on the air.

“We always conserve our resources to when we think voters are paying attention,” DiSilvestro said.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1309, robynn.tysver@owh.com

Contact the writer: Robynn Tysver

robynn.tysver@owh.com    |   402-444-1309    |  

Robynn is Omaha.com's elections writer. She's covered presidential politics in Iowa's caucuses, and gubernatorial and Senate races in Nebraska.

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