Cravaack Outraising Challengers In 8th District Race

By KBJR News 1

July 16, 2012 Updated Jul 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Candidates looking to take–over Minnesota's 8th Congressional Seat are in full–on campaign mode. And the most recent campaign fundraising totals are in.

LeAnn Wallace has the details.

According to the federal election commission, Congressman Chip Cravaack has raised nearly $387,457 in the second quarter of the year.

That's $174,380 more than Democrat Tarryl Clark, who has raised the most money this last quarter among the three democrats looking to out–seat Congressman Cravaack.

Clark has raised $213,077. Rick Nolan's fundraising totals this past quarter came in at $127,721 and Jeff Anderson raised $50,095.

While Nolan won the party's endorsement during the DFL convention in May, Clark and Anderson are staying in the race through the August Primary elections.

In an effort to unify the party behind one candidate, the DFL has purchased more ad time for Nolan.

A lot more money is expected to flow in the following weeks ahead of next month's Primary Election.

The general election is now just 4 months away.

But when it comes to campaigning sometimes the amount you spend doesn't always guarantee you'll win.

A good example of that is the congressional race in the 8th district in 2010.

During that campaign season, Chip Cravaack spent around $610,000 on his campaign.

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar far exceeded that amount...spending about $2.3 million dollars during his campaign in an effort to try and keep his seat.