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Associated Press, Published May 31 2012

Minnesota House Republicans hold mass campaign filing

ST. PAUL — About 50 Republican candidates have signed up en masse to run for Minnesota House and keep their party's majority in November's election.

The candidates filed paperwork together in St. Paul on Thursday in what has become a GOP tradition of mass filing for House races. The crowd included incumbents seeking re-election and newcomers aiming to capture open seats or overturn Democratic incumbents.

Republicans now have a slight edge in both legislative chambers, but Democrats are promising a spirited fight for House and Senate control.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has vowed to help overturn GOP majorities even though he's not on the ballot.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers says he hopes to field candidates for all 134 House seats but can't promise until filing closes and a withdrawal period passes.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.