MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Republican Rep. John Kline has defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller in Minnesota’s 2nd District.

Kline returns to Washington for a sixth term after a tougher-than-usual campaign in a district that was made less conservative through redistricting.

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Obermueller pitched himself as an antidote to partisan gridlock after serving a single term in the state Legislature, and he vowed to run again in 2014 no matter the outcome. Kline was defending his record as a member of the Republican leadership team in the House and chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

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The race in the southern Twin Cities suburbs and towns to the south drew more attention than Kline’s past re-election bids because of the district’s new makeup.

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