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Dayton holds big cash advantage in governor’s race

Dayton reports having just under $1.7 million cash on hand vs. Johnson’s $866,000 for the final stretch of the campaign. 

Gov. Dayton’s newest ad, “Darn Good Coach”

Gov. Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger in the governor’s race, Jeff Johnson, each raised about a million dollars between July 22 and September 16, the latest fundraising period. 

The candidates released their fundraising totals, which include public subsidies, a few hours before the official filing deadline with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board. 

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Dayton still holds a significant advantage in cash on hand, however, reporting just under $1.7 million vs. Johnson’s $866,000, which still puts the GOP candidate in a more competitive position than earlier this summer.   

Dayton just recently began airing a series of TV commercials, “Darn Good Coach” and placed an order for about a million dollars worth of those ads. Dayton’s presence is augmented by another million-dollar campaign launched by Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a DFL political action group.

Johnson’s campaign said today his paid media campaign will tomorrow with a “substantial” media buy statewide. The ad is called “Accountable,” campaign spokesman Jeff Bakken describes it as “positive with an asterisk.”