Money not only factor in campaign success

WORCESTER — Sure, there are still a few days’ worth of campaign finance reports outstanding, but the fundraising and spending numbers for the City Council races in the Nov. 2 municipal election are largely in. 

They show that while money appears to certainly have helped some candidates, it did not necessarily ensure success at the ballot box for others. 

According to the state Office of Political and Campaign Finance, District 1 candidate Richard Cipro raised $43,773 this year, which was more than any other City Council candidate. Add in the nearly $4,500 that the Massachusetts Majority political action committee independently shelled out in support of the city police sergeant, and that’s close to $50,000. Cipro lost to incumbent Sean Rose by 407 votes. 

On the other hand, Thu Nguyen’s war chest amounted to money well spent. The longtime community organizer’s campaign raised $41,817 this year, second only to Cipro, and spent…

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