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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 DFL Governor Tim Walz’s overall fundraising, according to new campaign finance reports.

With about six weeks to go until Election Day, the latest reports show most Democrats for statewide office have far more resources hoarded 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, as he largely self-funded his candidacy through in-kind donations.

GOVERNOR

Republican Scott Jensen has edged DFL Gov. Tim Walz in the past two months by about $254,000. Meanwhile, Walz has spent more than double what Jensen has doled out over the past two months and the Democrat’s overall fundraising this year and remaining money is still significantly higher than his opponent. Independent Hugh McTavish had yet to submit a financial report for September.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison 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 so far this year, spending about twice as much on his campaign efforts.

SECRETARY OF STATE

DFL Secretary of State Steve Simon 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.

STATE AUDITOR

DFL state auditor Julie Blaha topped GOP hopeful Ryan Wilson by about $32,000 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.

Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance Council

Note: All figures are based on deposits from January 1 to September 20, but some candidates’ cash totals include fundraising from previous years. Candidates who have raised less than $10,000 since Jan. 1 or who have not filed a report are not listed. Figures do not include in-kind figures or non-campaign expenditures.

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