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Congressional fundraising: Clark crushes the 8th and Bachmann’s big return

WASHINGTON — House incumbents have a fundraising edge over challengers — with a big exception in the 8th District.

Tarryl Clark
Tarryl Clark
  • The 8th District race is, by all accounts, expected to be the most competitive of the cycle in Minnesota, and the fundraising totals indicate just that. Rep. Chip Cravaack has raised nearly $1 million this cycle, but he’s twice had weaker fundraising quarters than one of his would-be DFL competitors, former state Sen. Tarryl Clark. She raised $320,000, about $65,000 more than Cravaack and almost three times as much as her two DFL primary opponents combined.
  • Michele Bachmann’s failed presidential bid has not driven away donors. She raised $570,000 in two months, more than any other U.S. House incumbent in the state during the entire quarter.
  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hegseth entered the race on March 1 and raised $160,000 that month alone. That’s more money than former state Rep. Dan Severson raised all last year (though he put together his best quarter of the cycle, as well). It’s still chump change compared to incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s haul — she raised nearly $1 million and has $5.2 million in the bank. 
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  • Her best fundraising quarter of the campaign;
  • More than the other two DFL candidates in this race have raised all cycle;
  • More than every other Minnesota U.S. House challenger this quarter combined, and;
  • The second time she’s outraised Cravaack this cycle.