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U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman talks to early arrivers at the Minnesota state Republican convention in Rochester Thursday night, May 29, 2014. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

GOP gathers in Rochester for 'shock and awe'

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A little-known St. Louis County commissioner emerged Friday night as the Republican leader to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

But Commissioner Chris Dahlberg's lead was fairly slim and Republican state convention delegates were prepared to meet well into this morning.

Republicans were looking ahead to Aug. 12 even before they began casting ballots Friday night.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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