In lead-up to primary, Minnesota's nationally-watched congressional races bring in millions

No state is home to more toss-up congressional races than Minnesota, according to political experts, and fundraising in the state's four most competitive districts is already off to a blistering start. Districts 1, 2, 3 and 8 in particular are expected to be among the nation's most competitive — and expensive — races come November.

Figures below reflect reports filed since Jan. 1, 2017. The next quarterly filing deadline is October 15, 2018.

Third District hits $6M mark

July 17, 2018

The Third District, which encompasses the Hennepin County suburbs, is on pace to handily surpass the $7 million raised there in 2016. Meanwhile, fundraising in the suddenly-open Fifth is heating up, with Ilhan Omar emerging with a slight lead. In the Eighth, which includes Duluth and the Iron Range, Joseph Radinovich and Jason Metsa appear to be pulling away from the primary pack.

Key:(i) Incumbent Dropped out

District 1
Total raised
Daniel Feehan $996,841
Jim Hagedorn $808,472
Carla Nelson $447,619
Joe Sullivan $245,780
Rich Wright $154,230
Vicki Jensen $72,451

District 2
Total raised
Angie Craig $2,122,277
Jason Lewis (i) $1,810,863
Jeff Erdmann $161,485

District 3
Total raised
Erik Paulsen (i) $3,749,799
Dean Phillips $2,296,457
Adam Jennings $454,711
Brian Santa Maria $16,812

District 4
Total raised
Betty McCollum (i) $597,629
Gregory Ryan $8,461

District 5
Total raised
Keith Ellison (i) $2,601,413
Ilhan Omar $179,290
Margaret Anderson Kelliher $131,606
Jamal Abdulahi $84,935
Patricia Torres Ray $48,447
Jennifer Zielinski $6,406

District 6
Total raised
Tom Emmer (i) $1,664,959
Ian Todd $28,199
Aliena (A.J.) Kern $3,548

District 7
Total raised
Collin Peterson (i) $951,308
David Hughes $136,868
Tim Miller $51,942
Jayesun Sherman $5,375

District 8
Total raised
Pete Stauber $834,891
Joseph Radinovich $289,651
Jason Metsa $232,681
Leah Phifer $104,646
Michelle Lee $50,563
Ray "Skip" Sandman $13,643
Kirsten Kennedy $10,118

Spending close in First, Second, Third

July 17, 2018

In the tight southern Minnesota and Hennepin County suburb races, spending has been neck-and-neck. Democrats Angie Craig and Dean Phillips have outspent their incumbent opponents so far, but in the open First, Jim Hagedorn has spent about $50,000 more than Democrat Daniel Feehan.

Key:(i) Incumbent Dropped out

District 1
Total spent
Jim Hagedorn $418,277
Daniel Feehan $365,391
Joe Sullivan $215,791
Carla Nelson $211,707
Rich Wright $151,371
Vicki Jensen $72,461

District 2
Total spent
Angie Craig $577,473
Jason Lewis (i) $533,170
Jeff Erdmann $152,328

District 3
Total spent
Dean Phillips $1,373,397
Erik Paulsen (i) $1,306,633
Adam Jennings $425,834
Brian Santa Maria $12,017

District 4
Total spent
Betty McCollum (i) $470,011
Gregory Ryan $5,596

District 5
Total spent
Keith Ellison (i) $2,842,314
Jamal Abdulahi $71,774
Ilhan Omar $28,702
Margaret Anderson Kelliher $3,420
Patricia Torres Ray $3,312
Jennifer Zielinski $3,219

District 6
Total spent
Tom Emmer (i) $931,393
Ian Todd $24,292
Aliena (A.J.) Kern $2,977

District 7
Total spent
Collin Peterson (i) $309,081
David Hughes $108,463
Tim Miller $51,942
Jayesun Sherman $240

District 8
Total spent
Pete Stauber $420,574
Joseph Radinovich $143,735
Leah Phifer $123,960
Jason Metsa $107,498
Michelle Lee $34,093
Ray "Skip" Sandman $9,473
Kirsten Kennedy $5,940

Incumbents still hold cash advantage

July 17, 2018

Though most incumbents have the larger war chests, Craig, in her bid for a rematch of 2016's close race, has surpassed Jason Lewis on this measure.

Key:(i) Incumbent Dropped out

District 1
Cash on hand
Daniel Feehan $631,450
Jim Hagedorn $390,421
Carla Nelson $235,912
Joe Sullivan $29,989
Rich Wright $2,858
Vicki Jensen $0

District 2
Cash on hand
Angie Craig $1,557,307
Jason Lewis (i) $1,287,530
Jeff Erdmann $9,156

District 3
Cash on hand
Erik Paulsen (i) $2,810,135
Dean Phillips $923,060
Adam Jennings $28,878
Brian Santa Maria $4,795

District 4
Cash on hand
Betty McCollum (i) $252,290
Gregory Ryan $5,861

District 5
Cash on hand
Keith Ellison (i) $248,808
Ilhan Omar $150,588
Margaret Anderson Kelliher $128,185
Patricia Torres Ray $45,135
Jamal Abdulahi $13,161
Jennifer Zielinski $3,187

District 6
Cash on hand
Tom Emmer (i) $871,131
Ian Todd $3,907
Aliena (A.J.) Kern $1,436

District 7
Cash on hand
Collin Peterson (i) $1,211,894
David Hughes $28,677
Jayesun Sherman $5,135
Tim Miller $0

District 8
Cash on hand
Pete Stauber $414,318
Joseph Radinovich $145,916
Jason Metsa $125,183
Michelle Lee $16,471
Ray "Skip" Sandman $5,574
Kirsten Kennedy $3,327
Leah Phifer $0

Note: Fundraising and spending totals reflect money raised and spent in 2017 and 2018. Candidates who raised less than $1,000 during this cycle are not included.

Source: U.S. Federal Election Commission

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