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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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Minnesota Candidates Scrounge For Late Votes

The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.

11/01/2014

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Franken Campaigns With Fred Armisen; McFadden Stops In Rochester

Minnesota candidates are entering the final weekend of Campaign 2014.

10/31/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad Claims McFadden Closed Mont. Paper Mill

A new ad from U.S. Senator Al Franken accuses his Republican challenger Mike McFadden of helping shut down a Montana paper mill, and costing workers hundreds of jobs.

10/30/2014

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Barnstorming Tours Rev Up As Campaigns Near End

Minnesota’s Democratic candidates banded together Wednesday for a splashy launch of a six-day statewide bus tour featuring the ticket’s biggest names, while their Republican opponents went their own ways in smaller-scale campaign swings less than a week before the midterm.

10/29/2014

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Politicians Hit Voters With Direct Mail With 1 Week Until Election Day

Minnesota is one week out from Election Day, and many political campaigns are going “old school.” Thousands of Minnesota mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature.

10/28/2014

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McFadden Rebuts Franken Ad Portraying Him As Ruthless Businessman

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is hitting back against a campaign ad that portrays him as a ruthless businessman.

10/27/2014

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McFadden Fights Back Against Attack Ads

Republican Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is fighting back against Democrats’ attempts to brand him as a ruthless businessman. The pushback comes in response to the latest attack ad from Sen. Al Franken.

10/27/2014

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Franken And McFadden Clash In Free-For-All WCCO Debate

Sen. Al Franken and Republican hopeful Mike McFadden met Sunday in what resembled more of a free-for-all than a debate.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Tax Loopholes And Attack Ads

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. Here is the sixth question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: NFL Tax Exempt Status & ‘Redskins’ Name

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fifth question is from a viewer named John, fed up with billionaire owners getting public funding.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: How Loyal Is Your Vote?

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. Here’s the fourth question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Fighting ISIS

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Thoughts On Affordable Care Act

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m. Here’s the second question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Should There Be Travel Ban For Ebola?

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m. Here’s the first question.

10/26/2014

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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 Renews Call For Ebola Travel Ban

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is renewing his call for a travel ban from countries being ravaged by Ebola. McFadden says the fourth confirmed case of the virus in the country — a New York doctor recently tested positive — proves the U.S. hasn’t done enough to halt Ebola’s spread.

10/24/2014

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Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll Numbers

Upbeat music played while Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an upbeat message to a crowd of 2,000 at St. Paul’s Macalester College Thursday. “I’m still feeling that grandmother glow,” Clinton said. The new grandma touted Minnesota’s economic recovery as a model for all states.

10/23/2014

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Clinton Renews Ties In State She Lost In ’08

Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Minnesota voters Thursday to “just look at the facts” about recent economic and social progress as they decide the re-election fates of Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken and turn back scare tactics and negative television ads.

10/23/2014

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Michelle Obama To Campaign In North Minneapolis

Details have been released about first lady Michelle Obama’s plans to campaign in Minnesota next week for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota DFL Party announced that Mrs. Obama would appear at a get-out-the-vote rally on Tuesday at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis.

10/16/2014

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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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Sen. Franken: Close Guantanamo Through Congress

Sen. Al Franken says Guantanamo Bay should be closed, but the president shouldn’t bypass Congress to do it. The Wall Street Journal recently reported President Barack Obama was considering an executive order to transfer terrorism suspects out of Guantanamo Bay.

10/13/2014

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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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Ebola Screening Urged For Minn. Airport

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken wrote to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking that Minneapolis be added to the five international airports that began screening this past weekend.

10/13/2014

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More Voters Are Turning In Ballots Early

Election Day is about three weeks away and early voting is already proving to be more popular this year. The Secretary of State’s Office has released new numbers saying they’ve accepted more than 22,000 absentee ballots.

10/10/2014

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