Republican State Sen. Julianne Ortman, reportedly ready to mount a campaign against DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken, plans to announce her political plans on Saturday in Waconia, the Associated Press reports. She'd be the third Republican to launch a campaign if she joined the race.
Ortman represents Carver County; she began serving in the state Senate in 2002, and is chairwoman of the Taxes Committee.
Eight-term Republican state Rep. Jim Abeler from Anoka joined the race in June.
Franken raised $1.97 million over the quarter ending in June, almost matching what he brought in during the first three months of 2013. His campaign last month reported having more than $3 million in the bank.
The Associated Press reported last month that thus far, Minnesota's Senate race is not among the top-tier races this cycle.