The Center for Responsive Politics released the 2018 election financing figures for Minnesota Congressional races. In the 7th District, victor Collin Peterson raised over $1.4 million dollars for the campaign, and spent just under $1.5 million, leaving his cash on hand at just over $500,000. His defeated rival, Dave Hughes, raised nearly $233,000, and spent $229,000, leaving him with cash on hand of $3,578.

Campaing contributions for 2018 from Stevens County zip code 56267 totaled $39,581, which is one-third as much as the average zip code in the state ($106,000).

Meanwhile, the Campaign Finance Board has released their reports and data on last November’s elections. In the District 12 Senate race, Torrey Westrom started his campaign with over $40,000, received $14,000 in individual contributions and $450 from lobbyists, and spent $13,000, leaving him with an ending cash balance of over $43,000. His opponent John Schultz had started with $123, raised no money and spent no money, leaving him with an ending cash balance of $123.

In District 12A House race, Jeff Backer started with $28,000, raised $25,000 in individual contributions and $500 from lobbyists, and spend about $57,000, giving him an ending balance of $13,000. His opponent, Murray Smart, started with no money but raised $13,000 in individual contributions plus $100 from lobbyists      . He spent about $26,000 and had an ending balance of $1400.

In District 12B House race, Paul Anderson started with $18,000, raised $24,000 in total contributions and spent $34,000, leaving him with a balance of $8500. His defeated opponent Ben Schirmer started with nothing, raised $12,000 and spent $11,000, leaving him with a balance of $326.

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