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Congressman Peterson starts 2014 with fundraising edge over challenger Westrom


Peterson, Cramer start 2014 with fundraising edge

By Kyle Potter

Forum News Service

Collin Peterson of Minnesota started 2014 with big fundraising advantages over his challenger for the November election.

In Minnesota, Peterson ended the quarter with about $523,000 in cash on hand. Torrey Westrom, a state senator and the only Republican so far to launch a campaign for Peterson’s 7th District, has about $171,000, according to his campaign filings.

Peterson seem to have benefited from his incumbent status, as he hauled in nearly double the money of hischallenger raised in the quarter that ended at the close of March.

Cramer, a Republican who won North Dakota’s lone seat in the House in 2012, raised $270,000 in the three-month period – dwarfing the $43,000 he pulled by this time in his first election. But Cramer was running for an empty seat, vacated when then Rep. Rick Berg launched a failed bid to move to the U.S. Senate.

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