GOP Senate candidates emerge from round 8 in deadlock
May 31, 2014 — 11:55am
Republican Senate candidates Chris Dahlberg and Mike McFadden emerged from round 8 in the endorsement battle in a virtual tie.
Only three votes separated the leader, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, from Sunfish Lake businessman Mike McFadden. Needless to say, neither achieved the 60 percent of delegate votes necessary to achieve endorsement. Dahlberg has maintained that he will abide by the party's endorsement, while McFadden said he will run in a primary. On to Round 9.
Here are the results:
Chris Dahlberg: 956 votes, 49.35 percent
Mike McFadden: 953 votes, 49.2 percent
The results come after outgoing Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann formally backed McFadden.
"I believe Mike has the backbone to stand up for us and with your help we can elect a Senator we can be proud of," according to a statement by Bachmann in a flyer handed out by McFadden staffers. "I want to win this race and I want to turn America around. I hope you will join me in supporting Mike McFadden and let's make him our next United States Senator."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."