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Mike McFadden gestures Friday, May 30, 2014, as he asks the Minnesota Republican convention for its support for U.S. Senate. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota Republicans go with McFadden for Senate

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Republican U.S. Senate endorsement came down to money vs. party tradition.

Mike McFadden, the moneyed candidate, won.


Candidate Chris Dahlberg had about $40,000 in his campaign bank account and led through the first eight state convention ballots. McFadden, who said he immediately can put $2 million into Republicans' effort to unseat U.S. Sen. Al Franken, came from behind to beat Dahlberg at Saturday's GOP state convention.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.