Tim Pawlenty has already raised $1M for his governor run

His fundraising far outstrips his GOP rivals.
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It's only been a few weeks since he announced, but already Tim Pawlenty has significant financial backing in his run for governor.

The former Minnesota governor announced on Tuesday that his campaign had raised more than $1 million by the end of March, just a few weeks after taking its first contribution.

Pawlenty only confirmed he was officially running on Apr. 5.

By contrast, KSTP's Tom Hauser notes that Jeff Johnson, who won the GOP straw poll in the February caucus precincts, raised $105,000 in the first three months of 2018.

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Pawlenty's financial backing is probably not surprising given he's spent the past five years as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., and the Star Tribune reported in February he hosted a private meeting with 100 of Minnesota's richest Republicans.

His finances now rival and even exceeds those of his potential Democratic opponents, which comes just two months after it was reported DFL candidates were out fund-raising Republicans by as much as 4 to 1.

Pawlenty's campaign says it has just over $972,000 cash on hand as of Mar. 31.

"We've received extraordinary support for our commitment to find a better way forward for middle income Minnesotans who are getting squeezed," said Pawlenty.

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