Money spent on Baltimore's mayoral race tripled amount from past campaigns

As spending reports from this year’s Baltimore mayoral race continue to be filed, one thing’s clear: It’s been an expensive campaign season.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, the Democratic candidates competing to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — and the political action committees that support them — have spent about $9 million, mostly during April’s primary election.

That’s nearly triple what was spent during other recent mayoral campaigns. During the 2011 campaign, which Rawlings-Blake won, the four leading candidates spent about $3.3 million. During the 2007 campaign, Democratic candidates spent less than $3 million.

This year, both state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, who won April’s Democratic primary, and businessman David L. Warnock, who finished fourth, spent well over $2 million each.

Warnock reported more than $2.7 million in expenditures, including nearly $2 million he loaned his campaign. Pugh has spent about $2.5 million, and has about $300,000 on hand as she tries to win November’s general election.

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