Ever since Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) announced back in July that he would run for Governor, only 2014 and ’16 party nominee Jim Hagedorn has stepped forward to compete for the Republican nomination. During the same period, seven Democrats announced candidacies in the politically marginal southern Minnesota CD. Now, however, things have changed. State Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) yesterday announced her congressional candidacy, adding competition for the party nod. Still, considering Mr. Hagedorn lost in a tight 50.3 – 49.6% margin to Rep. Walz last November, he remains the favorite to win the state party convention endorsement and will be a strong contender for the seat next November.
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