Tarryl Clark raises $2 million

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Clark vs. Bachmann: This race is red hot
By ERIC ROPER, Star Tribune
Last update: July 8, 2010 – 7:15 AM

Tarryl Clark 2010

Tarryl Clark 2010

Money is surging through the election battle between U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and her Democratic challenger, Tarryl Clark, who reported totals on Wednesday that eclipse previous state fundraising records for a U.S. House race.

Clark, a state senator, said she had raised a whopping $910,000 since April in her effort to unseat Bachmann, the Stillwater Republican who has become a conservative favorite nationally.

Bachmann countered Clark’s news with an even bigger bombshell: She had piled up $1.7 million in the same three-month period.

The tallies set a new high-water mark for Minnesota U.S. House races and offer further proof that the conservative-leaning Sixth District just north of the Twin Cities is the subject of immense national attention.

Bachmann’s new numbers push her total fundraising over $4.1 million for this election cycle. That’s more than any U.S. House candidate in Minnesota history has raised by the November election — let alone by July.

Clark is also miles ahead of previous House challengers in Minnesota. In April she became the first non-incumbent House candidate in Minnesota to raise $1 million by the first filing period of the year. She is now the first to surpass $2 million by July.

The totals dwarf the fundraising pace of past hotly contested races in Minnesota. In July 2008, for example, then state Rep. Erik Paulsen had raised $1.4 million overall in his quest for the open seat west of the Twin Cities, compared with Ashwin Madia’s $1 million haul.

“No matter which way you cut it, this is one of the most notable House races in the country,” said Dave Levinthal, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based watchdog group that tracks campaign finance. “And it’s one of the most expensive House races in the country. And that is not likely to change between now and November.”

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