Mike McFadden was a 2014 Republican party candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate representing Minnesota. McFadden won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Al Franken (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
McFadden raised $700,000 in the third quarter of 2013.
Though McFadden's final 2013 fundraising reports have not yet been released by the Federal Election Commission, multiple news outlets are reporting that he had a very strong quarter, raising $780,000 in the last 3 months of the year, adding to a reported $1.7 million in campaign funds.
State GOP convention
On May 31, 2014, delegates at Minnesota's state GOP convention voted to support McFadden for U.S. Senate. The decision was not unanimous, and took ten ballots to reach a decision. State Sen. Julianne Ortman dropped out after the fifth vote, and after the seventh vote, Chris Dahlberg was in the lead, but short of the 60 percent of votes necessary to receive the endorsement. Eventually, McFadden won out. One delegate who switched his vote from Dahlberg to McFadden stated, "There was a general belief that McFadden would win a primary and it would be best to have the endorsement go to the eventual winner." Many viewed McFadden as a likely candidate to defeat incumbent Al Franken in the general election due to McFadden's success in fundraising. He had raised almost $3 million at the time of the convention. Both Ortman and Dahlberg agreed not to run in the primary if they did not receive the endorsement, but Jim Abeler said that he had not yet decided if he would run against McFadden.