ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he raised $700,000 for his campaign in the last three months, and has $1.2 million in the bank as he seeks to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Al Franken next year.

McFadden’s campaign released his third-quarter tally on Tuesday. He’s one of five Republicans vying for the party nod to challenge Franken, and the first to release his most recent fundraising totals.

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The other candidates are state lawmakers Julianne Ortman and Jim Abeler, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, and bison farmer Monti Moreno.

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Franken has not yet released his latest tallies, but reported $3 million on hand as of July after raising nearly $2 million in each of the first two quarters of 2013.

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