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No GOP endorsement for state Rep. Jenifer Loon after her support of same-sex marriage

Delegates at the 48B convention in Eden Prairie didn’t endorse Loon or challenger Sheila Kihne.

State Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four Republican lawmakers who voted last year in favor of gay marriage, did not receive party endorsement for re-election Saturday in District 48B.

Loon, from Eden Prairie, is in her third term, and is deputy minority leader in the House.

She was challenged for the endorsement by Sheila Kihne, an activist and author who has been a strong opponent of gay marriage. Neither received  enough support for endorsement after many ballots; neither announced their primary plans.

Only one of the four Republicans who voted with DFLers to approve gay marriage has been endorsed by their party for re-election. State Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington, who made a lot of news with a tweet about the NBA over the weekend, did get endorsement.

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But state Rep. David FitzSimmons, in his first term from Albertville, was challenged at his 30B convention, and decided not to seek re-election.

The fourth, Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury, announced in November that she would  not seek re-election.