Apr 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Millions of campaign dollars are already coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting television commercials and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.
Candidates, political parties and independent groups gave a rundown Tuesday of their fundraising and spending for the first few months of the year. The reports were filed with campaign regulators.
Incumbency again proved its advantage, as candidates already in office came away in the best financial shape.
Gov. Mark Dayton has substantially more money in reserve than six GOP challengers combined, but some of those rivals kept up with the Democrat in fundraising from January through March.
Among parties, majority House Democrats have $1 million in the bank compared with about $618,000 for the House Republican campaign arm.
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