Money matters in the Senate District 34 race

This week saw the first required campaign finance filings by state legislative candidates.  The two candidates in Senate District 34, incumbent Republican Sen. Julianne Ortman and her challenger, DFL-endorsed Laura Helmer raised nearly identical amounts of money through July 19.  Ortman raised $7,118.40, while Helmer raised $7,077.40.  The cash-on-hand scenario for the two candidates was substantially different, though.  Ortman only had $817.30, while Helmer had $3,399.59.

Helmer goes into the final three months of the campaign with a significant cash advantage, and a major August fundraiser still on the docket.  When was the last time a Democratic candidate in this area could say that?  The dynamics of this race are becoming very interesting! 

A look at the House race in District 34A coming soon…


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