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U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses McFadden in GOP U.S. Senate race

McFadden, who has the Republican endorsement, faces state Rep. Jim Abeler in the Aug. 12 primary. Abeler was endorsed Sunday by the Star Tribune.

Finance executive Mike McFadden, who’s seeking the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Al Franken, was endorsed Monday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

McFadden also has the party endorsement, but must face state Rep. Jim Abeler in the Aug. 12 GOP primary. The winner will run against Franken on Nov. 4.

McFadden has dominated in the fundraising department, but the Star Tribune on Sunday endorsed Abeler in the race. It was among the newspaper’s first endorsements under new owner Glen Taylor, a Republican.

“Given the complexities of health care and entitlement reform — and the need for more bipartisan collaboration in Washington — Abeler is the better choice for Republican primary voters on Aug. 12,” the endorsing editorial said.

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(The paper today endorsed Jeff Johnson in the four-man GOP governor’s primary.)

The U.S. Chamber, though, said it likes McFadden “because he is a problem solver who can bring real world common sense solutions to Washington,” according to Rob Engstrom, the group’s national political director. “Mike’s private sector background and pro-growth agenda make him the clear choice in the Minnesota Senate race.”