Tom Emmer has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann. Emmer defeated Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah Tuesday to capture the GOP’s nod in the 6th District. It’s a political resurrection for Emmer, who lost the 2010 governor’s race to Democrat Mark Dayton in a recount.
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.
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is formally backing GOP candidate Tom Emmer to succeed her in Congress as an expected primary awaits that Minnesota race. Bachmann and other Republican officials stood with Emmer at a Tuesday news conference.
Government dysfunction aside, landing or keeping a job in the Washington power structure can be a pricey endeavor. Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate demonstrated that again Tuesday with fundraising reports showing the collective millions they’ve raised and spent to seek elected office. The reports cover activity from July through September, seed money most will need to remain competitive by the time next fall’s elections roll around.
Former state Rep. Tom Emmer has an early lead in one aspect of the open-seat race in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District: The chase for campaign dollars.
Republican State Senator John Pederson has joined the race to try to succeed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th District. “I have very strong beliefs about the future of our country,” Pederson said. “I believe I have the qualifications that will enable me to effectively represent the interests of the people in the 6th Congressional District.”
The head of Anoka County’s governing board is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced Wednesday that she’s joining the race, stressing her credentials as a fiscal conservative.