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One last look at 2012 congressional fundraising and spending numbers

Cravaack and Nolan
MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
The race in Minnesota's 8th District between Rep. Chip Cravaack and Rick Nolan garnered the third-most outside spending of any House district in the country this year.
  • Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 26, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack spent twice as much ($1.6 million) as challenger Rick Nolan ($800,000), en route to a 9-point loss on Election Day. Cravaack also doubled-up Nolan in the total raised column ($2.4 million to $1.2 million).
  • Speaking of Nolan, he took on $75,000 worth of debt over the last month of the campaign. More than half of that ($41,000) comes from “win bonuses” owed to campaign operatives.
  • Thanks to a more moderate district and a stronger, better-funded opponent than he’s used to, Rep. John Kline spent more than twice as on his 2012 campaign as he did in 2010. He won by 8.2 points — a comfortable margin, but also the slimmest of his career.

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