Klobuchar raised nearly $800,000 this quarter, has $4.86 million on hand
October 12, 2012 — 10:16pm
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has nearly $5 million to spend in the last three weeks before Election Day, raising about $800,000 in the last three months.
She has raised about $9.6 million so far for her re-election.
She will face Republican Kurt Bills at the polls in November. His campaign spokesman David Strom said he would not release his numbers until next week when he is required to do so. At last report, Bills had a little under $6,000 in the bank, having raised just about $400,000 total for his campaign.
Klobuchar's fundraising will likely well eclipse Bills' but is dwarfed by the dollars hauled in for races that are seen as more competitive. Four years ago, then-Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken and Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman each had raised more than $16 million for their race by this time.
While that 2008 Senate race littered the airwaves with ads from the candidates and outside groups, this year's race so far has only had television ads from Klobuchar. Few outside groups have paid attention.
The most recent public and internal polls show Klobuchar with a more than double digit polling advantage.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."