BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Republicans are admitting to a 2012
"thumping" in an election in which they say they lost a messaging battle
with Democrats. But party leaders who met Saturday in Blaine say
they're ready to look ahead to 2014.
Last month Republicans surrendered control of both chambers of the Legislature and lost many competitive races.
They say an all-Democratic state government will
help galvanize the Republican party ahead of a high-stakes election year
two years from now.
A governor's race and a U.S. Senate contest will
top the ticket. A few prospective candidates made the rounds at the GOP
meeting but none has announced a campaign.
The party also has other challenges. For example, it will enter the next election cycle $1.5 million in debt.
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