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Al Franken raises a hefty $3.3 million, easily outpacing McFadden


Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) speaks about net neutrality during a discussion hosted by the Free Press Action Fund on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had another strong fundraising quarter, pulling in $3.3 million between April and June, outpacing his likely Republican opponent 3 to 1.

Businessman Mike McFadden (R), who has the endorsement of the state GOP, raised $1.1 million during the same period. McFadden has more than $2 million in his campaign account.

Franken, consistently one of the Senate's best fundraisers, ended June with more than $5 million cash on hand, his campaign said.

The first-term senator and former "Saturday Night Live" star is not viewed as particularly vulnerable. But GOP strategists like what they have seen from McFadden and believe that if 2014 becomes a GOP wave year, Franken might find himself in some trouble.

For now, though, the incumbent has the upper hand.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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