Minnesota Republicans gathered in Rochester on Friday to give the statewide candidates the push they need to take back power.
"Who is ready to win some elections in 2014?" Republican chairman Keith Downey asked the cheering crowd.
On Friday, the GOP activists plan to select candidates to run for auditor, attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. Senate to oust Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The senate fight, expected to begin Friday afternoon, will be the centerpiece of the day.
On Saturday, the crowded race for governor will take the stage as Republicans select their favorite to take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
In a rare move for Republicans, several candidates in both the senate and the governor's races are expected to fight in a primary.
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Photo: Chairman Keith Downey addresses the convention//David Joles, Star Tribune
Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday calling on him to halt an election that began Monday in which independent childcare providers are deciding whether to form a union.
Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.