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Frank Jackson wins a third term.

Frank Jackson wins a third term.

(Cleveland) - Two Democrats are faced off in Cleveland's mayoral election, but the race was not even close.

Voters in Cleveland overwhelmingly returned Mayor Frank Jackson to office for third term, and rejected businessman Ken Lanci.

Lanci was running for office for the first time since losing out on a bid for the Cuyahoga County Executive job in 2010.

Lanci counted on the city police union's endorsement and concerns about crime and jobs, but fell far short at the polls. He put more than $400,000 of his own money into his campaign.

Mayor Frank Jackson at his victory party. (Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

Jackson is a long-time office holder in Cleveland and benefited from strong name recognition, and balancing the city's budget through the recession without raising taxes.

In his victory speech Jackson said Cleveland is now position to grow now that more people are moving downtown and that there's a new convention center and medical technology exhibit.

Jackson says during this term he was to put in place mechanisms that will insurance continued growth that will spread beyond downtown and into Cleveland's neighborhoods.

In his concession speech, Lanci declined to wish Jackson luck in serving his third term.

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