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Wealthy last-minute donors supporting Mayor Byron Brown campaign

Billionaires and companies doing business with the city are among the contributors who have flooded the mayor's campaign with more than $110,000 the past week.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Maybe the race for mayor of Buffalo is tighter than most believed it would be. 

Or perhaps the last-minute flurry of campaign activity by Mayor Byron Brown — who has been running a stealth campaign for the past five months — was forthcoming regardless of whatever internal polls told the four-term incumbent.

Whichever the case, the Brown campaign has come alive in the last week. And big donors have poured money into the re-election effort, helping to underwrite a blitz of TV advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts as the countdown to election day approaches zero.

Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor pits the four-term incumbent Brown against India Walton, a former nurse and community organizer, and Le’Candice Durham, a city 311 help line employee.

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