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Shantel Krebs raises $140K in South Dakota congressional bid

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Shantel Krebs' congressional campaign said Monday that she raised roughly $140,000 during her first 18 days in the race, outpacing her Republican primary opponent in first-quarter fundraising.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Shantel Krebs' congressional campaign said Monday that she raised roughly $140,000 during her first 18 days in the race, outpacing her Republican primary opponent in first-quarter fundraising.

Krebs' campaign contributions exceeded fellow Republican Dusty Johnson, whose campaign has said he took in more than $127,000 in the first quarter of 2017. They are competing to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running for governor.

Krebs, who serves as secretary of state, announced her House candidacy March 13, and the first-quarter reporting period ended March 31. Johnson announced his bid last year.

"I am truly humbled by the overwhelming support we have seen in the opening weeks of this campaign," Krebs, who served previously as a state legislator, said in a statement. "I recognize the commitment made by many across South Dakota to contribute their hard-earned money in support of our campaign."

Krebs said she had about $133,000 in the bank, while Johnson has said he ended the quarter with over $200,000 on hand. Johnson said his campaign will be "very competitive from a money standpoint."

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"We've got more cash on hand. We've raised more money," he said. "I think that will continue to be the case, and we're looking forward to being able to use those resources to tell our story."

Johnson was previously a member of the Public Utilities Commission and later served as Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff.

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