ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican Party of Minnesota says it’s chipping away at a pile of debt that still exceeds $1 million.

The party announced Tuesday that it will report holding $1.25 million in debt halfway through 2015. That’s down from more than $1.5 million earlier this year but roughly level with the party’s debt from more than a year ago.

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Federal campaign finance reports for the party are expected to be released next week. Similar state reports won’t be published until later this year.

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Minnesota’s GOP has struggled with debt since 2011 when the costs of a gubernatorial election recount. At one point its outstanding obligations neared $2 million.

Party treasurer Bron Scherer says the GOP is making progress and setting up for the 2016 election.

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