Ashwin Madia’s campaign announced today that it raised almost $700,000 during the 2nd quarter— an encouraging development for state DFLers.
The $692,940.62 outpouring bested Republican opponent Erik Paulsen’s bounty by almost $100,000. That an insurgent, 30-year-old with scant political experience outraised a comparatively entrenched, establishment candidate is an indication that the political tide might be turning in Jim Ramstad’s old stomping grounds. Minnesota’s 3rd Distrct, representing the metro’s western suburbs, has been GOP territory for the past 47 years.
“This campaign is about taking our country in a new direction,” said Madia in today’s press release. “We are fighting to turn our economy around, reduce gas prices and responsibly bring our soldiers home from Iraq – a message that is clearly resonating throughout the district.”
Despite the headway, Madia still trails Paulsen in cash-on-hand (roughly $730,000 vs. $1.1 million.)