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McFadden raises $700,000 for Franken challenge

The 2014 Minnesota Senate race is likely to be more expensive (and more competitive) than 2012.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden raised $700,000 during his first month as the GOP challenger to Al Franken. 

McFadden announced his candidacy on May 29 and raised between then and Sunday, his campaign said Tuesday. Franken raised $2 million during the first three months of 2012 and had $2 million on hand in March. He’s due to announce updated fundraising numbers sometime this month. 

For comparison’s sake, Republican Kurt Bills spent around $946,000 for his campaign against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012, indicating any 2014 race is likely to be more expensive (and more competitive) than last year. McFadden’s campaign said his wife donated $10,000, but he otherwise didn’t loan his campaign any personal funds.

GOP state Rep. Jim Abeler has announced a Senate bid as well, and state Sen. Julianne Ortman has said she’s considering one. 

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Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com