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Dahlberg raises $103,000 in U.S. Senate bid

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg announced today that his campaign raised $103,048 during the fourth quarter of 2013, the first few months of his campaign.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg announced today 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.

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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 today.

Dahlberg was bolstered by a poll last autumn that showed him just 10 points behind Franken in a statewide opinion survey, the closest of any of the Republican challengers.

Mills announces fourth-quarter fundraising

Republican 8th District U.S. Congress candidate Stewart Mills' 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.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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