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  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 1, 2014 - 5:31 PM

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

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