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

July 25, 2018

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.

Key:(i) Incumbent

Senate (Special)
Total raised
Tina Smith (i) $4,524,933
Karin Housley $1,677,162
Jerry Trooien $391,226
Richard Painter $171,263

Senate (Scheduled)
Total raised
Amy Klobuchar (i) $6,952,889
Jim Newberger $98,979

Democrats have already spent $5M

July 25, 2018

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.

Key:(i) Incumbent

Senate (Special)
Total spent
Tina Smith (i) $2,697,676
Karin Housley $592,433
Jerry Trooien $373,111
Richard Painter $95,305

Senate (Scheduled)
Total spent
Amy Klobuchar (i) $2,842,561
Jim Newberger $97,767

Klobuchar's millions buy her comfort

July 25, 2018

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.

Key:(i) Incumbent

Senate (Special)
Cash on hand
Tina Smith (i) $1,827,257
Karin Housley $1,084,728
Richard Painter $75,957
Jerry Trooien $18,114

Senate (Scheduled)
Cash on hand
Amy Klobuchar (i) $6,432,015
Jim Newberger $1,210

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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