Rep. Marty Seifert
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is proving an advantage of incumbency with a sizable cash-on-hand edge over the Minnesota Republicans looking to topple him. Dayton entered June with more than $753,000 in the bank, according to finance reports made public Tuesday.
The Republican candidates for governor and senator who won bellwether straw polls among crowded fields sought Wednesday to capitalize on the early show of support from party activists.
Former state Rep. Marty Seifert disclosed his fundraising numbers late Monday. His haul puts him behind most other GOP contenders but most of them had many more months to gather dollars.
Businessman Scott Honour says he brought in more $500,000 from donors to his Minnesota governor campaign last year. The haul was announced Monday by the first-time candidate. It’s not clear how much he or the other candidate have left after expenses, which they must report at the end of the month.