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'It's bonkers': Jacksonville's mayoral candidates have already raised $5 million.

Republican Party of Florida
Mayor Lenny Curry cannot run again because of term limits.

The election of the next Jacksonville mayor is 17 months away — the proverbial "eternity" in politics — but supporters of declared and potential candidates have already pumped $5 million into a race that's will blitz voters with advertisements, mailers, phone calls and every other tool available in a wide-open contest.

"It's bonkers," said Michael Binder, director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida. "It's crazy."

The feverish fund-raising heated up even more in September when City Council member LeAnna Cumber's exploration of a run collected $962,000 in the first month for her Jax First political committee.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.