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In the race for Congress in Minnesota, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and former DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark took in the most cash for their 2012 campaigns.

Paulsen, Clark top third-quarter fundraising for Congress

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In the race for Minnesota’s congressional seats, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and former DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark took in the most cash for their 2012 campaigns.

Paulsen, who represents the 3rd District, topped the current congressional delegation with about $340,000 raised in the third quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission last week. He is also the only Minnesota member of Congress — other than presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann — to report nearly $1 million on hand.

Clark, a former state senator from St. Cloud, wasn’t far behind as she works to unseat GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District. Clark reported an eyebrow-raising $228,000 in the third quarter, coming in higher than Cravaack  and leagues ahead of two other DFLers hoping to run in the district.

Here’s a breakdown of the fundraising numbers by congressional district:

1st Congressional District: DFL Rep. Tim Walz raised $221,000 in this quarter, and has $504,000 cash on hand. Walz’s only declared challenger – GOP state Sen. Mike Parry – just announced his bid this month.

2nd Congressional District: GOP Rep. John Kline raised $184,000 this quarter, and has $686,000 on hand.

3rd Congressional District: Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $340,000, the most of any Minnesota House member. Paulsen has $904,000 cash on hand. DFL Challenger Sharon Sund, a rental property owner from Plymouth, raised about $25,000 during that time period and has about $24,000 on hand. DFL candidate Brian Barnes just announced his candidacy this month and had no numbers to report this period.

4th Congressional District: Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum raised $106,000 in the third quarter. She has $107,000 cash on hand.

5th Congressional District: Rep. Keith Ellison raised $188,000 in the second quarter, bringing his total haul to nearly $600,000 for the election cycle. He had $157,000 in the bank as of the end of September. GOP challenger Chris Fields took in nearly $12,000 and had less than $3,000 cash on hand at the close of the quarter.

6th Congressional District: Rep. Michele Bachmann took in $4.1 million for her presidential campaign. Roughly $200,000 of that was raised through her congressional committee and she had just over $200,000 in the bank. No challenger has yet emerged to take on the three-term GOP incumbent, who hasn’t indicated whether she’ll run for re-election if her presidential ambitions come up short.

7th Congressional District:
Rep Colin Peterson took in less than $70,000, but had more than $600,000 cash on hand at the close of the quarter. GOP challenger Lee Byberg, who ran against Peterson in 2010, raised $57,000. He had nearly $90,000 in the bank.

8th Congressional District: GOP incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack took in just over $200,000 and had nearly $400,000 cash on hand. He was outraised this period by Clark, who took in $228,000 and had slightly more than that in the bank at the end of September. The other candidates seeking the DFL nomination took in significantly less. Rick Nolan raised $66,000 and Jeff Anderson took in just over $20,000. DFL candidate Daniel Fanning just announced bid this month and has no numbers to report.

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