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Franken Calls Re-Election ‘Gratifying’

Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.

11/04/2014

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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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McFadden Touts Party’s Progress In Loss

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.

11/04/2014

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Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election

Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a hard fought election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from unions and other liberal groups for his third victory in four years and cementing his position as a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

11/04/2014

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Republican Ryan Elected To 9th Term In US House

U.S. Rep. and former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been elected to a ninth term in Congress. Ryan defeated Democrat Rob Zerban on Tuesday. It was the second match between the two. Zerban also ran unsuccessfully against Ryan in 2012.

11/04/2014

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Franken, McFadden Cap Off Race With Final Debate

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and GOP challenger Mike McFadden met for a third and final debate Sunday evening, capping off a campaign that for McFadden and Republicans looks like the race that could have been. The two candidates brought their mostly sleepy campaign to a close by agreeing with each other more than ever before at the debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio.

11/02/2014

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Reality Check: GOP Ad Linking Collin Peterson To Nancy Pelosi

National Republicans are targeting Minnesota’s 7th District with a barrage of last-minute TV ads. That’s where Democratic U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is facing off with Republican Torrey Westrom.

10/31/2014

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Study: Minnesota 2nd Most Liberal State

Minnesota is only behind Washington in a ranking that shows the most liberal states, according to a study by The Hill. To determine the ranking, the study looked at history and voting trends in all 50 states, votes in recent presidential elections, breakdown of congressional delegations, the parties of the past three governors and control of the state legislatures.

10/28/2014

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Wisconsin’s Johnson To Stump With McFadden

A neighbor from the east is coming to Minnesota to give Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden a boost. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was expected to join McFadden in Rochester Saturday for a meet-and-greet with supporters. McFadden has pointed to Johnson as a political role model — like McFadden, the Wisconsin Republican was a businessman prior to winning his seat in 2010.

10/25/2014

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McFadden, Franken Seize On High-Pressure Issues

With their election just weeks out, Sen. Al Franken and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden have seized on the issues of women’s health and Ebola to motivate voters.

10/16/2014

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Franken To Host Warren For Campaign Events

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is coming to Minnesota to campaign for fellow Democrat Sen. Al Franken. Warren and Franken plan a Saturday morning campaign event at Carleton College in Northfield. Warren will also help Franken rally campaign volunteers in St. Paul Saturday afternoon.

10/13/2014

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Dayton Commits To Full Term If Voters Re-Elect Him

If voters grant Gov. Mark Dayton four more years, he says he’ll stick around for all of them. Dayton told The Associated Press in an interview this month that he’s heard the rumors he’d leave office before the end of a second term and catapult running mate Tina Smith into the top job. He says it’s not true.

10/11/2014

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No Political Natural, Dayton Somehow Endured

Win or lose in the November governor’s election, Democrat Mark Dayton is in the final turn of a campaign run spanning four decades. It’s a chase that made a big dent in a personal fortune, dealt him humbling defeats and regularly exposed him to public ridicule.

10/11/2014

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Minnesota’s Tax Take Misses Projection For Quarter

Minnesota’s tax collections have again come in short of expectations. A state budget analysis released Friday shows tax revenue was $46 million less than projections from July through September.

10/10/2014

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3 Minnesota Governor Candidates Meet In Moorhead

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson picked up the intensity in a debate Wednesday before a northwestern Minnesota crowd, arguing about taxes, an oil pipeline and economic growth. Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet also took part in the 90-minute event — the second of five scheduled debates.

10/08/2014

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