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Associated Press, Published February 01 2011

UPDATED: Democrats spend heavily on Minnesota political race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A competitive primary and wealthy candidates made Democrats the big spenders in a Minnesota governor's race that had the party on the winning end.

Two Democratic candidates, including eventual winner Mark Dayton, combined to top the $10 million mark. Dayton primary rival Matt Entenza led the field with $5.7 million in spending, most of it his own.

Dayton clocked in at $4.7 million last year, according to reports made public Tuesday by state campaign finance regulators. More than 70 percent was from personal loans.

Republican nominee Tom Emmer, who didn't have a big-name primary opponent, spent just shy of $2.8 million. He lost to Dayton by about 9,000 votes.

Another Democrat, former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, spent $1.3 million of donor money on her campaign.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.