Craig-Kistner rematch now most expensive congressional race in state history

The contest is one of 35 toss-up races that will determine control of Congress. 

Tyler Kistner (Kistner for Congress); Angie Craig (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. Angie Craig and Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District has eclipsed $24.1 million in total spending.

The contest is one of 35 toss-up races identified by Cook Political Report that will determine control of Congress.

According to Open Secrets, Craig has spent $6.4 million in her bid for a third-term, compared to Kistner’s $2.6 million. However, outside groups have spent $7.1 million against Craig, slightly more than the $6.5 million spent against Kistner.

Total outside spending has reached $15 million, surpassing the record of $14.1 million in outside spending set in 2020 in Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District, Fox 9 said.

Total spending (outside groups and candidates) has reached $24.1 million, beating the previous record of $21.9 million when Rep. Dean Phillips unseated Erik Paulsen in 2018, Fox 9 reported.

$4.3 million was spent in the race last week alone.

Craig has more than doubled the $3 million raised by Kistner. According to Open Secrets, more than 25% of donations to her campaign thus far have been PAC contributions, compared to 8% for Kistner.

The second district is one of 75 Democratic seats being targeted by the National Republican Campaign Committee as a potential pickup.

In the final week, Open Secrets reports Craig still has approximately $1.7 million available while Kistner has $419,000.

Kistner faced off against Craig in 2020 and lost by only 2.3 points. The most recent polls show the two candidates are tied.


Alexander Henderson

Alexander Henderson is a freelance writer with a background in management and a degree in business finance.