By Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt
Next month, a handful of House districts will see heated primaries among candidates who hope to join the contested battle for control of the House.
In fundraising reports released Tuesday, Republican House Deputy Minority Leader Jenifer Loon has a significant cash lead on Sheila Kihne, whose candidacy denied Loon the GOP endorsement last spring.
Loon, who has support from many well known Republicans, raised nearly $83,000 for the fight. Much of her cash came this year.
Kihne, a Republican activist, raised about $25,000 and also has support from funders who traditionally support the most conservative Republican candidates.
Loon was one of the few Republicans to back legalizing same-sex marriage, which has been an issue in the primary campaign.
Both Loon and Kihne, who are vying to represent Eden Prairie, have outside groups on their sides.
View the pre-primary fundraising numbers for both Democrats and Republicans vying for the House below: