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Omaha mayoral race sets spending record

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 14:29:00-04

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Mayor Jean Stothert and her challenger Heath Mello spent a combined $3.8 million on their respective campaigns, making the 2017 mayoral race the most expensive in Omaha history. 

Outside groups also contributed $750,000 to influence the race, with some organizations spending more than $100,000.

Stothert defeated Mello by about 6,000 votes. 

Prior to 2017, the record was $3.5 million, which came in 2001 when Mike Fahey narrowly defeated Hal Daub. 

More recently, Stothert and Jim Suttle combined to spend $2.7 million in 2013.