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Struemph sought outright win; Hartsfield expected runoff

Eric Struemph went for broke in the Jefferson City primary, draining most of his mayoral campaign coffers with the confidence that he could win the race outright before the general election.

His tactic of spending down his war chest apparently paid off — the 4th Ward councilman was elected mayor Feb. 8 with 65 percent of the vote. If none of the three candidates topped 50 percent, a general election between the top two would have been required.

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George Hartsfield had about four times as much cash on hand as Struemph eight days before the election.

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