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Minnesota’s new campaign finance data, in four charts

By: - April 15, 2022 11:53 am

The Minnesota Capitol. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Campaign finance data released Friday show Gov. Tim Walz far outraising Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, with more than $1 million in contributions so far this year.

The field of GOP candidates vying for the party’s nomination is crowded. The candidates include former state Sen. Dr. Scott Jensen, Sen. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake, dermatologist Dr. Neil Shah, Sen. Paul Gazelka of East Gull Lake, former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, 2020 congressional candidate Kendall Qualls and business owner Mike Murphy. Radio host Cory Hepola is running as an independent.

Here’s more on the first-quarter campaign finance update, in four charts.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.