Madia and Paulsen running almost even in money race

DFLer Ashwin Madia out-fundraised his Republican opponent Erik Paulsen by more than $100,000 over the last three months, pulling almost even in both total dollars raised and cash on hand.

Madia and Paulsen have both pulled in more than $2 million dollars overall and had about half of that left as of the end of September, according to federal campaign finance filings released today. Paulsen had about $15,000 more cash on hand than Madia did at that time.

The race in Minnesota’s 3rd District is on track to be the most expensive congressional contest in Minnesota history. The campaigns and outside groups trying to influence the race have pumped $5.8 million into local television stations’ advertising coffers.

Independence Party candidate David Dillon has raised only $6,500 since the beginning of July. As of the filing, he had about $100,000 left of the $120,000 he has donated to his own campaign.

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