ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann’s opponent for congressional re-election has put more of money into his campaign, but the incumbent still has a wide cash advantage heading into the final weeks.

Democrat Jim Graves reported late Monday that he had raised about $734,000 in the three months ending Sept. 30. The hotel chain owner also loaned his campaign $270,000 more from a personal account. Graves had $614,000 in the bank for the final month.

The national Democratic congressional campaign arm said this week it will assist Graves.

Bachmann raised $4.5 million over the same period and carried $3.5 million into October. The third-term congresswoman still has $607,000 in unpaid bills related to her fateful presidential bid. She has been defraying debt for that run with transfers from her congressional campaign account.

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