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As school children walk up the steps for a Minnesota Capitol tour, House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown says on Thursday, May 29, 2014, that this year's crop of Republican House candidates varies from those new to politics to some who have run before. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Republicans look for an opening

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans are looking for any opportunity to get a foothold in a state government dominated by Democrats.

Sen. Scott Newman announced Thursday that he is seeking to upset two-term Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson and become the first Republican to hold the office in 43 years. The announcement means Republicans now have challengers for every statewide office.


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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.