2 GOP Candidates Run For Party Nod In Race For Senate SeatTwo Republicans are ready to square off for the party's nod to run for an open state Senate seat. The state was set to hold a special primary on Tuesday for the Senate seat covering suburbs north of Minneapolis. The opening was triggered when former GOP Sen. Branden Petersen resigned this fall.
Abeler Aims For Return To Legislature In Senate RunA former Republican lawmaker is eyeing a return to the Legislature after just a year away. Rep. Jim Abeler spent eight terms in the House before stepping away in 2014 for a failed bid for the U.S. Senate.
Minn. Senate Candidate McFadden Posts $1.1M Haul Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden has raised $1.1 million in the last three months to finance his run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. McFadden's campaign says its second quarter haul — its largest since McFadden entered the race last year — buoyed his war chest to more than $2 million. McFadden launched his first statewide ad campaign last week starring the candidate as a football coach.
Talking Points: Challenges Of Running In An August PrimaryRepublicans may have already had their nominating convention, but four candidates remain in the race for Minnesota Governor. The four will face off in an Aug. 12 primary that is expected to have a turnout of only 10 percent of eligible voters.
Republicans Vie At Convention To Be Franken's FoeThe Republican chase to be Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's fall challenger is reaching a crucial point in Rochester. Delegates to the state GOP convention will vote to endorse a candidate.
Abeler Says He Won't Seek Re-Election To HouseAnoka Republican Jim Abeler says he won't seek re-election to his House seat as he focuses on running for U.S. Senate. Abeler, 59, a chiropractor by trade, is among several Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken.
Anoka Republican Wades Into Minn. Senate RaceA veteran Republican legislator from Anoka made a surprising entrance Tuesday into Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. State Rep. Jim Abeler announced his bid in an email blast that said he had formed a campaign committee.