In Senate races, Smith, Klobuchar fundraising juggernauts in full swing
It's rare to have two Senate seats on the ballot in a single year, but the timing of Sen. Al Franken's resignation-amid-scandal means that seat must go back to the voters in 2018 in addition to its regularly-scheduled 2020 election. It's one of the reasons Minnesota is a state to watch come November.
Figures below reflect reports filed since Jan. 1, 2017. The next quarterly filing deadline is October 15, 2018.
Smith money machine outraising Housley
Sen. Tina Smith, a longtime political insider in Minnesota and Gov. Mark Dayton's former lieutentant governor, was appointed to Franken's seat after he resigned and is fighting to keep it. She has raised nearly three times as much as state Sen. Karin Housley, who has represented the St. Croix River Valley since 2012.
Meanwhile, developer Jerry Trooien's campaign is largely financed by a sizeable personal loan, and Bush-era ethics lawyer Richard Painter's fundraising is mostly made up of small donations.
|Tina Smith (i)||$4,524,933|
|Amy Klobuchar (i)||$6,952,889|
Democrats have already spent $5M
Republican challengers Housley and State Rep. Jim Newberger, who has represented a St. Cloud-area district for six years, lag behind the Smith-Klobuchar powerhouse so far.
|Tina Smith (i)||$2,697,676|
|Amy Klobuchar (i)||$2,842,561|
Klobuchar's millions buy her comfort
Klobuchar's two-term incumbency, popularity and rising national profile means she has amassed a sizable war chest, ranking 20th among all senators running for reelection this cycle.
|Cash on hand|
|Tina Smith (i)||$1,827,257|
|Cash on hand|
|Amy Klobuchar (i)||$6,432,015|