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Dayton Heads To Washington To Raise Money

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(credit: Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov.-elect Mark Dayton visits Washington Wednesday to meet with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, raise money and attend one of President Barack Obama’s holiday parties.

The Democrat has meetings scheduled with Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen and John Kline.

Dayton is the guest of honor at a private fundraiser with some of his former Senate colleagues, including Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The holiday reception at the White House with the president and First Lady Michelle Obama caps Dayton’s day in the nation’s capital.

Dayton takes office Jan. 3. He served a single term in the U.S. Senate and became Minnesota’s incoming governor last week after a five-week recount ended with his opponent conceding defeat.

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