Donors contribute $2 million to Franken campaign last quarter

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Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken raised $1.97 million over the last quarter, almost matching what he brought in during the first three months of 2013. His campaign reported having more than $3 million in the bank.

MPR reports just under 30,000 donors contributed from March 31 to June 30, almost all of them donating $100 or less.

Franken has a successful fundraising track record, MinnPost points out. He brought in $22.5 million during his 2008 campaign against Norm Coleman, the most expensive Senate race in the country that year.

The Associated Press says Minnesota's Senate race is not among the top-tier races this cycle.

Two Republicans are challenging Franken. Business executive Mike McFadden said last week that he had raised more than $700,000.

Eight-term Republican state Rep. Jim Abeler from Anoka joined the race last month, but has not yet released fundraising details, according to MPR.

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