WASHINGTON -- St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, who plans to challenge Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., next year, has raised more than $600,000 in the first six months of this year, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Campaign manager Ben Whitney said Coleman, a Republican, ended the Jan. 1-June 30 reporting period with $500,000 in the bank. More than 70 percent of his 1,400 donors came from within the state, he said.
A Wellstone spokesman said the senator won't release his figures until the end of the month, when financial reports must be filed with the Federal Election Commission.
"We've only been in the race for eight weeks," said Whitney, "and this is a tremendous show of support for the mayor."
Jennifer Duffy, who tracks Senate races for the Cook Political Report, a Washington newsletter, called the numbers "not so bad."
"It's not super, but not shabby, either," she said. "He's going to need a whole lot more."
In his last election, in 1996, Wellstone spent more than $7 million in defeating former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who spent more than $4 million.
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