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Cravaack, Kline get GOP endorsements for re-election to Congress

Incumbent GOP Congressmen Chip Cravaack and John Kline easily won party endorsement Saturday for their re-election efforts.

While Republicans in District 1 deadlocked over an endorsement to take on Congressman Tim Walz, incumbent GOP Congressmen Chip Cravaack and John Kline easily won party endorsement for their re-election efforts.

Cravaack, who shocked the Range in 2010 by defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, got his party’s endorsement for another run at the 8th District convention Saturday in Park Rapids. Delegates gave him several standing ovations.

In a letter to delegates, Cravaack said:

“The election of a Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 was a good first step in at least attempting to restore sanity to government spending. However, our country’s perilous march toward insolvency continues.”

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DFLers in the 8th will hold their convention in Duluth on May 5 to endorse a challenger. Former Congressman Rick Nolan, Duluth Council Member Jeff Anderson and former state Sen. Tarryl Clark are seeking the endorsement, but it’s likely there will be a primary.

In District 2, Kline was unanimously endorsed at the party convention Saturday in Shakopee. He’s seeking a sixth term and told delegates:

“We must continue to fight Washington’s big government tax-and-spend approach that is burdening our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt. And I will continue to fight for you on the front lines of these important battles to repeal ObamaCare, eliminate the over-regulations that are smothering America’s businesses, and stop the Big Labor movement that is leading to unprecedented abuses of power.”

DFLers in District 2 meet Saturday in Rosemount to endorse a challenger to Kline; running are Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, former state Rep. Mike Obermueller and Northfield Council Member Patrick Ganey.

And Republicans in the 4th District endorsed Tony Hernandez to run against incumbent DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who’s seeking a seventh term.