Sen. Terri Bonoff raises $620,000 in race against Rep. Erik Paulsen
J. Patrick Coolican
July 11, 2016 — 10:42am
This post has been updated to include Paulsen's fundraising.
Sen. Terri Bonoff, running for Congress as a DFLer in the Third District against incumbent Rep. Erik Paulsen, said she has raised $620,000 since getting in the race 11 weeks ago.
The campaign touted the number as a strong sum given how new Bonoff is to the campaign.
Paulsen, a Republican who sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is a prodigious fundraiser in his own right. His campaign announced he raised $1 million and has $3.2 million in cash-on-hand.
Bonoff jumped into the race in the Third District, which includes the western suburbs of Minneapolis, when it became clear that Donald Trump would be the GOP standard bearer on the presidential ticket. Trump's weakness with college educated whites and women are viewed as potentially dangerous for Republicans down the ballot like Paulsen.
The Bonoff campaign raised the money from at least 1,140 individuals, or about $543 per donation, with 84 percent coming from in-state, according to a campaign news release.
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