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Randy Demmer

Sep 20, 2013

Republicans look to Rochester for Walz-beater

After taking a pounding from Congressman Tim Walz in the 2012 general election, Republicans in the 1st Congressional District appear to be dusting themselves off and getting serious about preventing the Mankato Democrat from winning a fifth term.

Feb 8, 2013

19A special: From St. Peter to St. Paul

St. Peter Democratic Rep. Terry Morrow went unchallenged last fall in his race for House District 19A, but his sudden retirement from the seat in December enticed nearly a dozen candidates to jump into the special election to replace him.

Aug 17, 2012

Mike Parry: From the jaws of victory

A few months ago, nobody thought Sen. Mike Parry could lose a congressional primary to Allen Quist. But he managed.

Feb 22, 2012

Congressional map makes minimal changes

Minnesota’s reapportioned congressional map yielded one well-publicized surprise by placing the home of Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of the 6th Congressional District into the 4th District, which is represented by DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.

Dec 2, 2011

Allen Quist, perennial bane of GOP front-runners, enters the CD 1 race

Longtime conservative stalwart Allen Quist put weeks of rumors to rest early Thursday morning at the Country Kitchen in Winona, where he officially launched his second run for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.

Sep 8, 2011

Drazkowski considering a run against Walz

Republican House Rep. Steve Drazkowski is not ruling out a run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in 2012.

Dec 17, 2010

When session opens, 60 former House and Senate members will have moved on

Sen. Steve Dille will probably not be bored when his 24 years at the Legislature officially come to an end next month. The first item on the 65-year-old Dassel Republican's post-Senate agenda is completing a biography of his grandfather.

Nov 24, 2010

Meet the freshmen: House GOP, part III

Ranging in age from 24 to 65, new class presents a varied face

Nov 3, 2010

Oberstar drowns in GOP wave, but rest of MN delegation survives

Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in Minnesota history, knocking off 18-term U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th Congressional District. The GOP challenger received 48 percent of the vote, besting the incumbent by nearly 5,000 votes.

Oct 27, 2010

Quie backs Demmer in CD 1 race

Former Republican governors Al Quie and Arne Carlson both agree that they want Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the governor's office next year, but they don't see eye-to-eye on who should sit in Congress represnting southern Minnesota.

Oct 15, 2010

GOP’s Demmer guns for an upset over Walz 1st Congressional District

Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has traditionally served as a bellwether for national political trends. In 1994 Republican Gil Gutknecht rode a surge of Clinton midterm discontent in wresting the seat from Democratic hands. A dozen years later, Tim Walz ousted Gutknecht as Democrats nationwide capitalized on anger at the Bush administration and the Iraq War.

Oct 15, 2010

Walz doubles up Demmer in 1st district money hunt

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz raised just over $400,000 in the third quarter of 2010 and finished September with roughly $800,000 in the bank. GOP challenger Randy Demmer took in slightly less than $200,000 and had $230,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

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