Franken already has $2 million to take on his TBD opponent

Categories: Al Franken
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screenshot from Franken's thanks video
After his famously close 2008 victory, Al Franken is well on his way to a much easier race in 2014.

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A full year and a half before Election Day, the popular first-term U.S. senator already has his fundraising machine in motion. In the first three months of 2013, the Franken campaign raised $1.98 million, for a total of $2,034,843 on hand.

To thank his supporters for their contributions, the Franken team put together a video that does double duty as intimidation for the yet-to-be-determined Republican challenger. Per the video, the campaign has strong grassroots support: More than 55 percent of contributions were $100 or less, and funds came in from every county in Minnesota.

To win his first term, Franken raised $22.5 million. His opponent in that race, Norm Coleman, has ruled out a rematch, but at least four state Republicans are mulling a bid in 2014. With Franken's fundraising head start, though, whoever enters the race could end up being a Kurt Bills-style sacrificial lamb.

There is some good news for the GOP. DFLer Jim Graves, who narrowly lost his 2012 congressional campaign to incumbent Michele Bachmann, announced yesterday his plans to again try to unseat her in 2014.

He's entering round two with considerably less cash than the congresswoman. Bachmann, who outspent Graves 4-to-1 in their 2012 race, ended last year with $2 million on hand, the Star Tribune reports, versus the $30,000 Graves has leftover from his campaign. Meanwhile, Bachmann's team, never shy on the attacks, has already started in on taking Graves down.

Here's Franken's thank you:


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