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Latest spending figures released in Honolulu mayoral race

Rick Blangiardi, Keith Amemiya face off in race for Honolulu mayor.
Rick Blangiardi, Keith Amemiya face off in race for Honolulu mayor.(Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 8:59 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The latest campaign spending figures are out in the race for Honolulu mayor.

They show former television executive Rick Blangiardi outspending attorney Keith Amemiya in the final leg of the campaign trail.

Blangiardi spent about $170,000 more than Amemiya during the last month.  

The race overall has cost the two candidates more than $4 million altogether, with Amemiya spending about $2.5 million. Blangiardi’s numbers show he’s spent a total of $1.8 million.

In addition, a political action committee backed by the Hawaii Carpenters Union spent nearly $700,000 in ads and other political expenditures supporting Blangiardi.

With less than a week to go until the 2020 general election, hundreds of thousands of voters have already made up their mind on which candidate they’re supporting.

Honolulu Elections Division officials say early mail-in voting has already surpassed 306,000 ballots, with another 7,200 ballots being cast in person.

This year’s turnout has for Oahu has already proven greater than voter turnout in 2016.

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