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Close Calls Spur House Democrats to Focus on Fundraising

U.S. Representative Tim Walz estimates at the beginning of each new House term how much money he thinks he’ll need to win re-election the following year and when he plans to raise it.

This year, after a barrage of ads from outside groups almost cost him his seat last November, the Minnesota Democrat accelerated his fundraising. He raised $207,373 during the first three months of 2011, a 32 percent increase from what he took in during the same period two years earlier, Federal Election Commission records show.