Mon. 2:21pm: McNally spent nearly $90K in close mayoral race

John McNally needed every dollar of the $88,463 he spent to the win the Democrat primary election for mayor in Youngstown.

McNally, the former two-term commissioner in Mahoning County, by a mere 150 votes, defeated Jamael Tito Brown, the president of city council in Youngstown, to secure the nomination in what ultimately boiled down to a two-man race.

A third candidate, Matthew Smith, received less than 100 votes.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Mahoning County Board of Elections show that much of what McNally spent was early on in the campaign, $59,956 through mid-April. Over the last reporting cycle, which covered April 18 through June 7, McNally spent $28,507.

McNally spent about $27 for each of the 3,292 votes he received.

Of the total $99,919 raised by McNally, $23,901 was during the final weeks leading to May 7.

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