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Senate District 11 candidates raise almost $110K

Reports filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Disclosure Board this week show Republican Jason Rarick and DFL candidate Stu Lourey having raised almost $110,000 combined in the lead up to the Feb. 5 special general election in Senate District 11.

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Stu Lourey and Jason Rarick.
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Reports filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Disclosure Board this week show Republican Jason Rarick and DFL candidate Stu Lourey having raised almost $110,000 combined in the lead up to the Feb. 5 special general election in Senate District 11.

Rarick reported $49,116 in total receipts with $28,374 spent and $20,741 cash on hand through Sunday.

Lourey reported $60,228 in total receipts with $43,654 spent and $16,573 cash on hand through Tuesday.

Legal Marijuana Now candidate John Birrenbach reported no money, but filed an affidavit with the board for formality's sake.

Lourey held off Michell Lee in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary earlier this month. Lee reported raising $2,410 prior to that election on Jan. 22.

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For Rarick and Lourey, contributions have come in $250, $500 and $1,000 chunks, with several pages of individual contributors per candidate along with money coming from political action committees, lobbyists and other official sources.

Rarick took in $31,997 from individuals, $5,650 from PACs, $6,000 from lobbyists and $6,969 from a host of GOP party units.

Lourey gained $46,984 from individuals, $5,650 from PACs, $4,675 from lobbyists, and $4,366 through his principal campaign committee.

Plenty of outside money is flowing into the race, too. Last week, Rarick estimated as much as $1 million to $2 million could be spent by outside groups in total on the race, which has produced a flurry of mailers, online ads, radio spots and more.

On election day, Rarick will look to leave a DFL-controlled state House to join the Minnesota Senate, in which the Republicans have a two-seat advantage. Lourey is trying to become the third generation of his family to hold the state Senate seat formerly held by his dad, Tony Lourey, and grandmother, Becky Lourey, before that. A Lourey has been in the seat since 1997.

The special election follows the appointment of Tony Lourey to state human services commissioner by Gov. Tim Walz.

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