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Parties make congressional endorsments for Bachmann, Paulsen and their Democratic opponents

The lineup for Minnesota's congressional races in November started to firm up over the weekend, when several endorsements were made.

In the newly shaped 6th District, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann didn't have to mention her Iowa or Stillwater roots to easily win the Republican endorsement for her re-election. The party convention was in Mounds View.

Meanwhile in Blaine, 6th District DFLers endorsed hotel magnate Jim Graves to run against Bachmann. Graves didn't formally jump into the race until last week and then quickly lent the campaign $100,000 of his own money. Delegates must have liked that he has lots of skin in the game and endorsed him in the first ballot over May Township businessman Brian McGoldrick and St. Cloud attorney Anne Nolan. No primary challenge is expected from either of them.

In District 3, GOP Congressman Erik Paulsen was endorsed at the party convention in Edina for re-election.

He'll face Brian Barnes, a marketing executive who won the CD 3 DFL endorsement on the first ballot Saturday in Edina, beating Sharon Sund.

Republicans in CD 5 endorsed former Marine Chris Fields to run against Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison. DFLers in the district meet Saturday in Minneapolis to formally endorse Ellison in his bid for a fourth term.

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