Comedian Al Franken (D) won the second-quarter fundraising race, but his face-off with wealthy attorney Mike Ciresi for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination makes unseating Sen. Norm Coleman (R) all the harder.
Franken’s campaign took in $1.9 million from April 1 to June 30, outpacing Coleman’s $1.6 million haul and Ciresi’s more modest $750,000.
Ciresi, who is worth nearly $27 million, did not jump into the race until May.
Coleman still leads in the cash-on-hand department.
Coleman began July with $3.8 million in his war chest, while Franken had a little less than $2 million. Ciresi banked $625,000.
— Nicole Duran