Could the Saturday convention fight between Reps. Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer rival the best Republican conventions fights?
We won't know until tomorrow but their coming ballot feud caused us to take a gander at GOP slugfests past.
Folks who have been around Minnesota politics during the last decade well remember the 2002 Republican convention slugfest between then-Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty and businessman Brian Sullivan. The 2002 the fight was long, nasty and, for a long time, stuck.
Here's what the balloting in that 2002 fight looked like before Sullivan conceded at 3 am:
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While that was the longest convention in the last decade, convention veterans can well remember hotter fights.
There was the Republican convention in 1996, "when delegates deadlocked over U.S. Senate candidates Bert McKasy and Rudy Boschwitz. The convention did not endorse, and the party remained badly split," according to Star Tribune archives.
And the 1966 Republican fight that ended with complicated but workable scheme to end convention deadlock. That fight went 16 ballots over two days. Read pages 141-143 for the Republican portion of the 1966 fight in The Twenty-First Ballot, the historic accounting of that year's DFL fight here.
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