Mills outraises Congressman Nolan in third quarter

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Political newcomer and GOP challenger Stewart Mills III brought in about twice as much money for his campaign in the state's Eighth Congressional District last quarter than DFL incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan.

The Associated Press says the Mills Fleet Farm vice president reported raising $243,000 between July and September. About $10,000 was contributed by Mills and his wife, the Star Tribune reported.

Nolan raised about $129,000 and ended up with just over $261,000 in the bank, according to a campaign finance report.

The Duluth News Tribune says the 2014 race is expected to be at least as expensive as the 2012 battle between Nolan and then-Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack, who lost his bid. That year, Nolan spent about $1.3 million versus Cravaack's 2.4 million. An estimated $9 million was spent by outside groups.

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