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Bachmann starts year with $1M for re-election bid

ST. PAUL (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she started the year with $1 million in the bank for her re-election campaign in Minnesota's 6th District.

That puts her well ahead of the two Democrats competing to challenge her.

State Sen. Tarryl (TEHR'-uhl) Clark and physician Maureen Reed each started the year with campaign bank balances slightly less than $390,000.

Bachmann says she raised $591,000 in the last three months of 2009, bringing her fundraising total since her last election to $1.5 million.

The incumbent is seeking a third term in a district of suburbs surrounding the northern half of the Twin Cities and smaller cities and rural areas stretching west past St. Cloud.