The July quarterly fundraising reports for the two Republican congressional candidates in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District reveal that challenger Amanda Hinson has raised just slightly more than twice that gathered by David Hughes, the endorsed Republican candidate.
Even more daunting for whichever Republican wins the August 9 primary? Peterson's cash on hand of $580,552.61. Hughes had $807.64 in the bank at the close of June 30, while Hinson's bank account was down to $176.96.
Peterson's unitemized small contributions--$15135.20--came close to beating both GOP candidates' total fundraising combined, even though individual giving was dwarfed by PAC contributions to the guitar-picking, critter-hunting congressman.
The Independence Party candidate, Kevin Winge, withdrew from the race to attend to a family member's health issues.
While Minnesota's Seventh District is a conservative-leaning district, Peterson routinely bests his opponents. Early targeting in the 2013-2014 cycle and much hullabaloo about Elbow Lake Republican state senator Torrey Westrom's elevation to "Young Gun" status failed to defeat Peterson.
Looks like Peterson is likely to continue serving western Minnesotans in Washington DC, while his Republican opponent is probably going to be as effective in changing minds as the PETA Lettuce Ladies.
Photo: Collin Peterson. Whatever he's playing these days, after seeing those Republican fundraising reports, we doubt it's the blues.
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