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Campaign funds not deciding factor in mayoral race

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Jackson businessman Jonathan Lee was the leader, collecting $335,000 from contributors for his campaign. Jackson businessman Jonathan Lee was the leader, collecting $335,000 from contributors for his campaign.
City councilman Chokwe Lumumba picked up $69,000 for his campaign. City councilman Chokwe Lumumba picked up $69,000 for his campaign.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As the race for the seat of Jackson Mayor began to heat up, contributions were handed to candidates hoping to help them create campaigns that would win votes.

The numbers are in, and there is a clear collector when it comes to campaign contributions.

Jackson businessman Jonathan Lee was the leader, collecting $335,000 from contributors for his campaign. Coming in second was Mayor Harvey Johnson with $151,000.

City councilman Chokwe Lumumba picked up $69,000 for his campaign, while contributors gave attorney Regina Quinn $38,000 and city councilman Frank Bluntson received $27,000 in contributions.

Money, however, doesn't seem to be the main decider in the Democratic Primary race. While Mayor Johnson received the second most in funding, he was third in votes, bringing in only 21% of the ballots.

Lee and Lumumba were the top two vote getters with 35% and 24% of all votes, respectively. The two will face off in a runoff election May 21.

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