MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrat Mike Obermueller says he has raised more than $250,000 in his quest to unseat Republican Rep. John Kline in Minnesota’s newly redrawn 2nd District.

Obermueller’s campaign said Monday that he collected the donations in May and June and ended June with $214,000 in the bank.

The challenger’s fundraising lags significantly behind Kline, who said last week he had $1.3 million on hand at the end of June after raising $428,000 from April through June.

Obermueller, a former state representative, is counting on dissatisfaction with Congress and an influx of moderate voters in the newly shaped district to help him.

Kline has comfortably won re-elections since he was first elected in 2002.

He faces a Republican primary challenge from engineer David Gerson, who has yet to report his second-quarter fundraising.

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