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Hagedorn defeats Miller in primary
Mankato Free Press, by Josh Moniz

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Posted By:Hobbiest, 8/13/2014 1:05:13 PM

MANKATO — After a hard-fought primary battle, Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth pulled off a upset victory Tuesday night over endorsed Republican candidate Aaron Miller of Byron to become the challenger to face 1st District Congressman Tim Walz of Mankato in the November election. Despite losing the Republican endorsement to Miller in April, the race was called at about 10 p.m. for Hagedorn. With 76 percent reporting, Hagedorn earned 57 percent of the votes, or 9,429 votes, compared to Miller´s 43 percent, or 7,171 votes. "I´m very honored and humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to working with all Republicans to

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The biggest issue was whether the party endorsed Miller would campaign vigorously against Walz. When Walz was elected in 2006 many thought he´d be easy to knock off.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: brianod1, 8/13/2014 1:11:34 PM     (No. 9964515)

Where is this?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/13/2014 1:26:51 PM     (No. 9964543)

It´s the southern 20% or so of Minnesota, which is the rural corn belt bordering Iowa. It contains several small cities- Rochester, Austin, Mankato, Winona, Albert Lea, etc.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/13/2014 2:00:45 PM     (No. 9964623)

Is this another house level grass roots does not trust the Republican establishment or am I reading too much into this.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/13/2014 2:17:13 PM     (No. 9964650)

Beats me, #3. Miller had the support of Tea Party Patriots. Hagedorn had the support of Tea Party Cheer. Miller promised to run against the teaching of evolution of the schools. Hagedorn originally dropped out of the race and said he´d support Miller. Then he re-entered the race because he said Miller wasn´t running a sufficiently aggressive campaign.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/13/2014 2:52:28 PM     (No. 9964694)

#3. It was a challenge based on who was electable in this particular district. Hagedorn´s father represented the area in Congress for several terms. The Democrat Walz is probably too liberal for the district.

The problem has been that Walz has appealed more to swing voters around Rochester and the college towns of Mankato and Winona than the candidates the local GOP keeps endorsing. Those candidates have have been a bit too rural and they sometimes pander to a small but very vocal stern fundamentalist Christian element found in the region.

I am talking about people who refuse to celebrate Christmas because the Bible doesn´t say which part of the year Jesus was born in and who object to Halloween and Ventine´s day ever being mentioned at the local public schools because these celebrations have their roots in pre Christian religions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JediJerry, 8/13/2014 3:53:03 PM     (No. 9964758)

I fully expect McConnell, Boehner, Priebus and The Dirty Deeds Company to step in and vigorously work for Tim Walz to win. Mark my words. They would rather have a Democrat than any Tea Party candidate.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PapayaSF, 8/13/2014 4:23:27 PM     (No. 9964784)

´´Miller promised to run against the teaching of evolution of the schools.´´

Wow, GOP, way to embrace the worst stereotypes your enemies say about you!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: f64, 8/13/2014 4:25:48 PM     (No. 9964785)

Is this the same area of Minnesota where Duke the dog got elected mayor?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/13/2014 4:33:15 PM     (No. 9964792)

A 14 point victory when all the experts were expecting Miller to win. I wouldn´t be surprised if such volatility exists in many voters who skipped the primary but will be in the voting booth in November. Walz has a fight on his hands.

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MANKATO — After a hard-fought primary battle, Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth pulled off a upset victory Tuesday night over endorsed Republican candidate Aaron Miller of Byron to become the challenger to face 1st District Congressman Tim Walz of Mankato in the November election. Despite losing the Republican endorsement to Miller in April, the race was called at about 10 p.m. for Hagedorn. With 76 percent reporting, Hagedorn earned 57 percent of the votes, or 9,429 votes, compared to Miller´s 43 percent, or 7,171 votes. "I´m very honored and humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to working with all Republicans to



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