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Westrom raises $84,000 in campaign’s first month

WASHINGTON — Westrom is challenging Collin Peterson, who has $357,000 on hand for a potential re-election run.

WASHINGTON — State Sen. Torrey Westrom raised more than $84,000 during his first three weeks a Republican congressional candidate in the 7th District.

Westrom announced his challenge to Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in early December, and the fundraising number covers the rest of the month. Peterson has yet to announce his re-election plans, but he raised $164,000 during the last three months of 2013 — including a strong $154,000 haul in December, after Westrom announced his campaign — and has $357,000 on hand for any potential re-election run.

Peterson, 69, is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and says he’ll announce his political plans after farm bill negotiations are wrapped up. Because of his position on the Ag Committee, he attracts a lot of attention from national agriculture interests. On Wednesday, Westrom’s campaign noted, not so subtly, that 97 percent of his donations came from within Minnesota.

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