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Financial troubles in recent years brought the state GOP to the brink of bankruptcy. Party chairman Keith Downey said the worst of those problems has passed, but added that the party has been dogged by internal squabbling after repeated statewide losses.
“It just didn’t subside,” Downey said. This time, he said, “there is a sense that we’ve got to find a way to come together.”
Dems looking to November
Meanwhile, with two incumbents at the top of the ticket, Democrats in Duluth will have the luxury of pivoting directly to November. The only real contest is in the open secretary of state race, which pits state representatives Steve Simon of Hopkins and Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center against each other. Both have pledged to abide by the endorsement.
Dayton did not pursue the DFL endorsement in 2010, and skipped the convention entirely after he was denied access to the floor. The political veteran, now running in the first re-election race of his career, admitted he’d be watching what happens in Rochester with interest.
“It’s not going to be conclusive, but it’s certainly going to be informative,” Dayton said.
Staff writers Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Baird Helgeson contributed to this report.
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