Kline quarterly fundraising reaches $428,000

Second Congressional District Rep. John Kline has raised $428,000 in the second quarter of the year, according to a campaign spokesman.

The Republican incumbent has made about $1.7 million since the start of the cycle and has about $1.3 million in the bank.

The state’s political boundaries were redrawn earlier this year, and in the process, Kline lost conservative Carver County and gained more DFL voters.

As a result, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps Democrats get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, thinks it can flip the 2nd district, and has pledged to help DFL Party-endorsed candidate Mike Obermueller with his campaign.

Nevertheless, Kline appears to be having a particularly fruitful fundraising year.

The last time Kline made roughly $428,000 in the second quarter was in 2002, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission; typically his 2nd quarter fundraising numbers were lower than that. And Kline has more cash-on-hand than he did in previous years.

The latest round of campaign finance reports are due July 15, but books closed on June 30.

Kline’s primary opponent, David Gerson, and Obermueller have not yet released their fundraising hauls for the quarter.

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