MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

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The MNGOP hopes this election won't be a repeat of 2012, but finances and polls are reasons for skepticism.
It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."

Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways than one.

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Yesterday, the DFL distributed a press release making light of the latest campaign finance numbers for each of Minnesota's two major parties. They look like this:

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The huge debt and cash disparities had DFL Chairman Ken Martin crowing.

"Heading into the final months of this critical mid-term election, the state DFL Party has seven times more cash on hand than the Minnesota Republican Party," Martin said in the release. "Additionally, the state Republicans are burdened with a heavy debt load -- 59 times more debt than the Minnesota DFL. We are in an extremely strong position to help our candidates win elections up and down the ballot this fall."

Beyond financials, Martin thinks there's other reasons for Minnesota Republicans to be gloomy about this election cycle.

"From competitive primaries that will drain the Republican Party and its candidates of already depleted resources, a civil war which still exists between two competing factions and has prevented the party from truly unifying, and a message which seems to be all over the map -- the state Republican Party is clearly not ready for this fall's election," he said.

Around the same time the DFL distributed that release, Public Policy Polling released its latest Minnesota poll. It also contained good news for Democrats.

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