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GOP Endorses Newberger And Housley For U.S. Senate

Jim Newberger was endorsed as a candidate for one of the U.S. senate seats. Jim Newberger was endorsed as a candidate for one of the U.S. senate seats. |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: June 01, 2018 10:54 PM

DULUTH - Delegates endorsed State Rep. Jim Newberger and State Sen. Karin Housley as candidates for the U.S. Senate seats at the Republican State Convention at the DECC Friday.

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Newberger was endorsed with nearly 80 percent of the vote on the first ballot for the senate seat currently held by Democrat Amy Klobuchar.

Housley was endorsed on the first ballot for the special election for the Senate seat currently by Democrat Tina Smith, who was appointed to the seat after the resignation of Senator Al Franken. 

 "We need to free up the billions of potential dollars that are being trapped in our school trust land. We give people a hand up, not just a hand out, and we develop an environment where people can get a career, not just a job,” Newberger said.

The candidates had to get 60 percent of support from the 1,700 delegates.

The GOP convention was different this year because delegates are endorsing two U.S. senate seats instead of one due to Franken's resignation.

The GOP convention was also different because of the new balloting method, electric clickers. It was supposed to make the ballot counting a smoother process but delegates ran into technical difficulties and the voting had to be done with paper ballots.

Saturday’s GOP convention will issue its' endorsements for governor, secretary of state, state auditor, and attorney general.

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