Wealthy hotelier Jim Graves raised about $669,000 from donors in the all-important third quarter between late July and Sept. 30, MPR reports. Even with the $270,000 in additional cash of his own that he donated to the effort, his total paled in comparison to $4.5 million raised by his opponent Rep. Michele Bachmann. She is consistently among the most prolific fundraisers in the U.S. House.
Bachmann and Graves have just agreed to three debates, all three in the week before the election.
A new poll shows Bachmann with a 9-point lead but Democrats still consider the race winnable. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is optimistic:
Bachmann was pleased with her haul: