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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota: Republicans

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Might as well cover the spectrum today.

Congressman Mark Kennedy is expected to make an announcement tomorrow regarding his intention to run as the Republican nominee to replace Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN).

Former U.S. Sen Rod Grams who lost to Dayton in 2000 has already declared he will attempt to reclaim the seat he once held. Other possible Republicans include Congressman Gil Gutknecht and Mary Kiffmeyer, Minnesota Secretary of State.

If Kennedy runs, that means Gutknecht will not, as he indicated when he originally expressed his interest in the seat:

Gutknecht, who represents Rochester, said he didn't envision a primary battle with Kennedy. Instead, switching on a "Godfather" voice, Gutknecht said he hoped it would be settled "by a meeting of all the families" - state party leaders and Minnesota Republicans in Congress.

If nothing else, Dayton dropping out has made the senate race in Minnesota a lot more interesting.

Posted at 07:44 PM in 2006 Elections, 2006 Elections - Senate, Minnesota | Technorati