McFadden Wins Minn. GOP Senate Primary Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota's Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November.
Republicans Pick Johnson, McFadden For Top Offices The voting is over and the counting has begun in Minnesota, where the top prizes in the primary were the Republican nominations to take on Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. Dayton and Franken had little-known Democratic challengers as each sought a second term. But four major Republican rivals jockeyed for the party's nod to take on Dayton, with no sign of a clear front-runner. Businessman Mike McFadden was favored to challenge Franken in the fall.
A Quick Look At Minn. Primary Races There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we'll see how much that matters.
McFadden To Deliver GOP's Weekly AddressMinnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP's weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party's radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday's election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.
McFadden Goes After Franken At FarmFestFive candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat, including incumbent Sen. Al Franken, are laying out their ideas for helping farmers at the annual FarmFest trade show. Wednesday's panel was Franken's first appearance with his challengers, and the last until after Republican voters choose their candidate in next Tuesday's primary.
Republican McFadden Applauds Hobby Lobby DecisionRepublican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is praising the Supreme Court's recent decision that companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. McFadden's support comes more than a week after the high court's ruling — and after Democrats have been attacking him for not taking a position.
Minnesota GOP Senate Hopefuls Jockey For Nod Two Republicans jockeying for the U.S. Senate nomination against Democratic Sen. Al Franken demonstrated their differing paths Monday to getting campaign exposure as the primary election approaches in less than a month. The favorite, businessman Mike McFadden, released his first broadcast television ad that will start airing statewide Tuesday. His main opponent, state Rep. Jim Abeler, touted an endorsement by former GOP Gov. Al Quie. The winner of their Aug. 12 primary will advance to a general election contest with Franken. McFadden has the state Republican Party's endorsement and a substantial fundraising edge over Abeler.
Republican McFadden Names New Campaign Manager Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden has named Carl Kuhl as his new campaign manager. Kulh is a principal in the public affairs firm Connolly Kuhl Group. He's also worked on the campaigns of former Sen. Norm Coleman, gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and former St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. He's replacing Brad Herold, who recently stepped down but remains a senior adviser to the campaign in what McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson says was a planned reshuffle.
State Rep. Abeler Pushes To GOP Primary For Senate Minnesota Republican legislator Jim Abeler says he'll take his chances in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate against the party-endorsed candidate, Mike McFadden.
Abeler Says He'll Take Weekend To Decide On SenateState Rep. Jim Abeler says he'll take the weekend to decide whether to press forward in the Minnesota Senate race or bow out. Abeler left a primary campaign on the table. But he says Mike McFadden's endorsement win "raises the bar" and would complicate a bid. Filing for the office closes Tuesday.
Franken Buys 2nd TV Ad In Re-Election CampaignSen. Al Franken has released another television ad in his re-election campaign. The 60-second ad begins airing statewide Wednesday. It features a woman from Ham Lake who was infected with meningitis blamed on a steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center.
GOP's Ortman To Honor Endorsement In Senate RaceRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman says she will drop her bid to run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken if she doesn't get the GOP endorsement. Ortman says Thursday that the party's U.S. Senate candidate will have to rely on the GOP leaders and activists who bestow the party's endorsement at its state convention in May. She says the sooner the party can unite behind one candidate the better chance it will have to unseat Franken.