ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The sole Republican currently in Minnesota’s 2012 U.S. Senate race has more debt than available cash in his first federal fundraising report.

Former state Rep. Dan Severson disclosed Friday that he raised $3,700 for his campaign through June and was carrying $5,000 in debts. Severson, the GOP’s nominee for secretary of state last fall, is seeking his party nod to challenge first-term Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

In the most recent fundraising quarter, Klobuchar said she had raised $1.1 million and had three times that amount in the bank.

Other Republicans are mulling 2012 Senate campaigns but none have gone beyond the consideration phase.

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Comments (7)
  1. Going down says:

    Can’t he campaign within his means?
    He should quit now!!

  2. Paul Solinger says:

    What has he spent $5000 on? He has no chance against Klobuchar. He couldn’t even win during a heavily Republican turnout, how can he beat the most popular Senator currently serving?

  3. justice fleeting says:

    So what, the State is 5 billion in debt and still is spending another 1.4 billion more.

    My only comment is that Klobuchar is a Senator that goes for the easy fix issues and won’t commit to the big issues.

    1. Chris says:

      @Justice, I don’t get your comment….
      Amy is a US Senator, not a STATE Senator…
      She does not directly influence any local issues.
      So, can you explain?

      PS: Not that I care for her, but…

  4. GOPSUX says:

    Wow, looks like Amy is in for an a$$ kicking!!

    1. Emptor says:

      no, precious amy has too much money to lose. wonder if she is hiding it in a conservative state like the great hypocrite dayton. Funny, their big plans are always to just raise taxes while bloating inefficient programs and enabling the lowest common denominator to not work, but not put their money where their taxes are, and keep them in an republican state. Then again, hypocrite and dfl are synonymous.

  5. Reasonable says:

    Maybe he can just defer paying his debts until someone else wants to run with his campaign?

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