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Jensen’s fundraising surges, but Walz still has plenty more money in the race for Minnesota governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen’s fundraising has surged in the past two months, but he continues to track Governor Tim Walz’s overall fundraising, according to new campaign finance reports.

With less than six weeks to go until Election Day, the latest reports show most Democrats for statewide office have far more resources stashed away for the final push than their GOP counterparts.

DFL Walz incumbents Attorney General Keith Ellison and Secretary of State Steve Simon had a lot more money. However, Ryan Wilson, DFL-defying Republican State Auditor Julie Blaha, had more money because he largely self-funded his candidacy through in-kind donations.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the money is coming in. It doesn’t surprise me that it’s close,” Walz said of the latest numbers filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, which record fundraising through Sept. 20. .

The financial reports follow a recent Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota poll showing Walz with a 7-point lead over Jensen.

“Minnesota families feed [fed] with crippling inflation, rampant crime and failing school performance under the watch of Tim Walz,” Jensen said in a statement. “The people of Minnesota clearly want a change in leadership in our state.


Jensen has edged Walz over the past two months by about $250,000. Meanwhile, Walz has spent more than double what Jensen has doled out in recent months and the Democrat’s overall fundraising this year and remaining money is still significantly higher than his opponent.

Walz still has about $3.2 million left for the latest push, while Jensen has about $860,000 in the bank.

Walz noted that Jensen’s campaign received a taxpayer subsidy of nearly $600,000. Walz chose not to cap his campaign spending, so he is not eligible for the grant.

“It’s a little different. I raised mine the old-fashioned way,” Walz said.

Independent Hugh McTavish had yet to submit a financial report for September.


Ellison has saved nearly three times as much as GOP challenger Jim Schultz. The two are in a close race for the state’s top legal office. Schultz has outspent Ellison this year, spending about twice as much on his campaign efforts.

But while Ellison raised nearly $1 million, Schultz’s fundraising this year totaled around $770,000.


Simon also has nearly $1 million in the bank, more than eight times as much as Republican Kim Crockett. The two are competing to oversee the conduct of elections in Minnesota. Simon only passed Crockett by about $100,000, leaving him with significant financial reserves.


Blaha has passed Wilson by about $30,000 this year, but Wilson has more money saved. However, most of Wilson’s funding and expenses have been in-kind contributions from him. The two are locked in a fight for the office that reviews local government spending.

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