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GOP primary in the First
In southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District, Republican Aaron Miller lent his campaign $40,000. Miller is vying against Mike Benson and Jim Hagedorn in a GOP contest to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Walz had nearly $300,000 left after his 2013 fundraising haul of $640,000. None of the Republican candidates had even a quarter of that amount.
Several candidates in the heated race to take Republican Michele Bachmann’s place in the Sixth Congressional District also used their own cash to bolster their fundraising. Republican Rhonda Sivarajah used $150,000 in personal funds last year to reach her $213,000 total haul. She had most of her money still left to spend. Competitor Phil Krinkie lent his campaign $300,000 last summer. His year-end fundraising figures were not available Friday evening.
In that race, Republican Tom Emmer led the pack. A former state representative who narrowly lost the race for governor in 2010, Emmer took in $626,000 total last year and had $335,000 left to spend. Emmer is considered the GOP’s front-runner in that race.
“I continue to be grateful for all the support and backing I have for my campaign,” Emmer said.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Twitter: @RachelSB