National GOP group targets control of Minnesota Senate
July 30, 2015 — 4:40pm
A national Republican fundraising group dedicated to GOP control of state legislatures has targeted the Minnesota Senate as a pickup opportunity in 2016.
The Senate Republican Caucus announced Thursday that it had landed on the priority list for the Republican State Leadership Committee. The group said its efforts in Minnesota would also be aimed at retaining the current Republican majority in the House.
"They know we can win back control of the Senate," Senate Minority Leader David Hann said.
Democrats currently occupy 39 state Senate seats versus 28 held by Republicans. All 67 members of the Senate will be up for re-election a year from November.
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."