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Obermueller's fundraising tops $250,000

Democratic congressional candidate Mike Obermueller's campaign announced Monday it raised nearly $253,000 over the past two months in his bid to unseat 2nd District GOP Rep. John Kline.

Obermueller, a former House member from Eagan, got a major boost recently when he was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" list, which opens the door to national funding and strategic help.

"I’m proud to have the support of so many people who want to end the gridlock in Washington," Obermeuller said in statement. "We are building a grassroots campaign to create jobs, cut spending and reinstate middle class priorities."

Obermueller faces an uphill climb trying to compete financially with Kline. The five-term congressman from Lakeville raised $428,000 in the second quarter, according to campaign spokesman Troy Young. Kline also has a massive campaign war chest with more than $1.3 million in the bank.

The 2nd Congressional District includes some of the southern Twin Cities suburbs, as well as Goodhue and Wabasha counties.

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