Freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack holds a slight money edge over a possible Democratic rival about a year out from the 2012 election.
His campaign says Cravaack would report Friday having $382,000 in his fundraising account at September's end. That's roughly $150,000 more than former state Sen. Tarryl Clark has in her fund, but a narrower gap than many incumbents typically hold over challengers.
Clark outraised Cravaack for the three-month period covered by the report. But she still faces competition from within her party for the nomination. Other Democrats vying to take on Cravaack include former Duluth councilman Jeff Anderson, former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Iraq war veteran Daniel Fanning.
Cravaack ran a low-budget campaign in 2010 and upset longtime Rep. Jim Oberstar in northern Minnesota.
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