Here is a quick look at the fourth quarter campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. It shows that incumbent Democrat Tim Walz has a decisive advantage over his GOP challengers when it comes to money. Here is the breakdown.
Allen Quist, of St. Peter, leads among the Republican candidates with $32,853 in contributions. He has $30,781 on hand. He also loaned his campaign $4,000.
GOPer Randy Demmer, of Hayfield, raised $19,200 and has $10,176 on hand.
Republican Jim Hagedorn only raised $5,150 and had cash in hand of $5,105. The fourth GOP candidate, Frank McKinzie, has yet to establish a federal campaign committee.
Compare the Republican fundraising hauls to Walz's war chest. He raised $237,941 in the fourth quarter and has $421,203 in cash on hand.
Just out of curiosity, I looked at the fundraising totals for Republican candidate Brian Davis, who unsuccessfully challenged Walz for the seat in 2008. At this point in the campaign, Davis had nearly $80,000 in cash on hand. But it is worth noting that when Walz won the seat in 2006, he had $40,309 on hand at this point in the campaign.