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  •  Minnesota House Special Elections (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, KingofSpades

    In 14A only 3 candidates filed for the St. Cloud-based seat vacated by Republican Steve Gottwalt. This district is very marginal, and is expected to be highly competitive, although I don't think any of the candidates are terribly impressive, although I suspect McKee will be lucky to clear 10% against Joanne Dorsher (D) and Tama Theis (R). Dorsher is probably a nominal favorite, considering she has held elected office before on the St. Cloud school board, and ran against Gottwalt before. Theis is a tea-party type that in true fashion upset the more experienced and establishment candidate Jon Severson, a St. Cloud city councilman.

    In 19A, which in spite of the first paragraph of the linked story, is in the Mankato area, not the Rochester area, there are 4 DFLers running, and the nominee will be decided at a convention on Saturday. My money is on St. Peter mayor Tim Strand. The Republican candidate is the quixotic Al Quist, who has had a strange political career including a terribly botched primary against the most popular governor in recent Minnesota history, and getting beaten by Tim Walz in MN-1 by 15 poinds. This is a fairly DFL district, although there is a chance that this goes really wacky, as it is a special election.

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