Klobuchar To Get Minn. Dems’ Backing In Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of Minnesota Democratic activists are gathered in Rochester for a relatively quiet state party convention.

Saturday’s main business is to endorse U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar for a second term and to elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September.

Klobuchar faces a challenge from Republican state Rep. Kurt Bills.

The Democratic faithful are also hearing speeches from elected officials including U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison.

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to address the convention as his party seeks to overturn Republican legislative majorities for the second half of his term.

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