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It is smile time for Kurt Bills Friday as it appears he is near winning the Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate endorsement. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Republicans back Bills for U.S. Senate


ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- First-term state Rep. Kurt Bills is the Minnesota Republican Party's pick to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Bills won on the second ballot with 1,353 votes, well ahead of Pete Hegseth with 439 and Dan Severson's 3`6.

The high school school economics teacher from Rosemount told 2,000 state convention delegates he is like David fighting the Goliath of Klobuchar and other Washington Democrats.

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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.