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Minn. GOP’s Kline Gets Challenger From Own Party

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota has a GOP endorsement challenger who says he’s more conservative than the six-term incumbent congressman.

David Gerson of South St. Paul kicked off his bid Monday. Gerson lost to Kline in the 2012 Republican primary in the mostly suburban district south of St. Paul.

Gerson says this time he is seeking the endorsement of GOP activists in the 2nd Congressional District, and says he won’t run in the primary without it. Gerson describes himself as a better choice than Kline for Republicans whose top priorities are limited government, free markets and individual rights.

A spokesman for Kline says Gerson’s vow to abide by the endorsement should not be trusted, but wouldn’t say if Kline will abide. A handful of Democrats are also running.

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