Filings show Democratic candidates have edge in Minnesota campaign cash wars
Most Democrats running for statewide office in Minnesota entered the final seven-week stretch with a big cash advantage.
Why it matters: Campaigns need cash to get their message to voters.
Zoom in: Several GOP candidates posted strong fundraising numbers since the last reports were due, but it wasn't enough to close the gap.
- Committees for the DFL caucuses in the state House and Senate also have an edge, the reports, which cover money raised and spent through Sept. 20, show.
- Individual state legislative candidates didn't have to report this week.
Of note: Ryan Wilson, the GOP candidate for auditor, paid for most campaign expenses himself and reported those expenditures as "in-kind" contributions, which boosted his bottom line.
What to watch: Independent groups that can quickly raise and spend unlimited sums can have a big impact late in close races.
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