House races bringing in big bucks
ST. PAUL — Everyone knew that U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden will run rich campaigns if they face off in November, as expected, but a couple of mostly rural U.S. House races involve more money than usual.
In the 7th district, taking in a huge area of western Minnesota, incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat, raised $1 million and has most of it in the bank: $717,000. State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, surprised many observers by picking up $430,000 during the quarter, with $328,000 cash on hand.
Other incumbents hold massive leads over rivals, such as southern Minnesota 1st district. That’s where Democrat Rep. Tim Walz collected more than $1 million for the quarter, and two Republicans combined — endorses candidate Aaron Miller and Jim Hagedorn — got little more than $200,000.