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Associated Press, Published July 27 2010

Dayton pours $2.7 million into Minnesota governor bid

ST. PAUL (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton has poured $2.7 million of his own money this year into a bid for Minnesota's Democratic nomination for governor.

The department store heir's personal contribution to his campaign was detailed in a report made public Tuesday. He spent about $2.6 over the same time frame.

Dayton isn't the only millionaire in the Democratic field. Former state Rep. Matt Entenza has devoted $4 million of a family fortune to his campaign in 2010 alone.

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the third Democratic contender, raised almost $1 million from donors from January through mid-July.

All of the Democrats far outpaced expected Republican nominee Tom Emmer and the Independence Party's endorsed candidate, Tom Horner.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.