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Associated Press, Published June 05 2013

GOP's Emmer jumps into Minn.'s 6th District race

DELANO, Minn. — The Republican candidate for governor in 2010 is trying for a political comeback as he joins the race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress.

Tom Emmer was announcing his campaign Wednesday in his hometown of Delano. Emmer says his narrow 2010 governor's race loss to Mark Dayton will make him a stronger candidate, and that he wants to follow in Bachmann's footsteps fighting what he called “the ever-growing size of government.”

Emmer is an attorney, former state representative and talk radio host.

State Sen. John Pederson of St. Cloud says he's also likely to run, and a handful of current and former state and local officials are mulling it too.

Democrat Jim Graves dropped out of the race after Bachmann did. No other DFL candidates have emerged.


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