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Big outside money may come to McFadden's aid

August 17, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans say Sen. Al Franken's narrow win in 2008 makes him vulnerable this fall, but the money hasn't matched the talk yet.

Outside Republican-aligned groups have spent millions trying to oust incumbent Democrats in North Carolina, Louisiana and other states, and liberal groups are spending millions more to defend them. Outside groups on both sides have spent less than $200,000 on the Minnesota Senate race, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Rob Jesmer, a Republican consultant, says big money hasn't poured into Minnesota because the GOP is eyeing many seats in their effort to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

Franken beat then-Sen. Norm Coleman to win the seat in 2008 after a months-long recount. Businessman Mike McFadden handily won last week's Republican primary to challenge Franken in November.



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