The Republican Party of Minnesota may not be a well-oiled machine, but the parts are moving again.
It received $719,000 in contributions during June, “the best fundraising month in recent years,” according to a statement from party chair Keith Downey. Contributions for the first six months of the year totaled $1.9 million.
Downey credits the uptick in fundraising to “recent poll results showing tightening races for governor and U.S. Senate.”
The party’s endorsed choice for governor, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, picked up the support of arguably the most popular Republican lawmaker in the state: Third district congressman Erik Paulsen. Johnson and Paulsen served together as state legislators and Johnson resides in Paulsen’s congressional district.