In what is shaping up as an extraordinarily expensive race for governor, Democrat Mark Dayton reported Tuesday that he has spent $3.2 million on his bid -- most of it his own money.
Dayton's report came a day after fellow Democrat Matt Entenza said he has spent $4 million on his campaign, tapping his wealth to fight for his party's nomination.
Dayton reported loaning his campaign $2.7 million this year, on top of the $570,000 he loaned it in 2009.
Entenza contributed roughly $3.6 million of his own money to the spending effort through a July 19 reporting deadline as he faces two main DFL contenders in an Aug. 10 primary. He contributed an additional $450,000 after the deadline.
These dudes are going to end up spending close to $8 million between them to convince a small percentage of the Minnesota electorate that they should be governor. Anyone really think that they'll both continue attacking Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin, but not each other?