Dahlberg raises $103,000 in bid for US Senate seat held by Al FrankenRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg announced Tuesday that his campaign raised $103,048 during the fourth quarter of 2013, the first few months of his campaign.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg announced Tuesday that his campaign raised $103,048 during the fourth quarter of 2013, the first few months of his campaign.
Dahlberg, a St. Louis County commissioner representing western Duluth, entered the race Sept. 26, and since then has been campaigning across the state.
Dahlberg recently said he would abide by the Republican endorsement process and not run in a September primary unless he is the choice of party activists at the state convention in May.
Dahlberg, 52, faces multiple Republican opponents in the battle to see who takes on incumbent DFLer Al Franken in November. Dahlberg is up against state Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen, Twin Cities businessman Mike McFadden, Harold Shudlick of Rice Lake, state Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka, and farmer Monti Moreno of rural Washington County.
Dahlberg’s fourth-quarter expenses totaled $56,080.67, leaving $46,967.33 in the bank.
McFadden earlier this month announced he had raised $780,000 in the last quarter of 2013 and had $1.7 million in the bank for his campaign.
Franken reported $2.1 million raised in the final three months of last year and $4.8 million in the bank.
Other Republicans had not yet released their most recent fundraising reports.
“Three months ago I was known mostly in Northeastern Minnesota, but since then I’ve put thousands of miles on my car and knocked on a lot of doors all across the state,” Dahlberg said in a statement Tuesday.
Dahlberg was bolstered by a poll in the fall that showed him just
10 percentage points behind Franken in a statewide opinion survey, the closest of any of the Republican challengers.
Mills announces fourth-quarter fundraising
Republican Stewart Mills’ 8th District congressional campaign announced Monday that he raised more than $200,000 in the last fundraising quarter of 2013. According to a news release from his campaign, Mills has raised more than $450,000 since announcing his campaign for Congress six months ago. Mills, of Brainerd, is the presumptive Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Rick Nolan, D-Crosby. Nolan has until Friday to release his totals.