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Minnesota GOP convention set for Rochester; Dems meet same weekend

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- Minnesota Republicans said Tuesday they will hold their 2104 convention here in Rochester, while Democrats will be holding an overlapping state convention the same weekend in Duluth.

Both parties have chosen the final weekend in May for their statewide endorsing conventions to back candidates for major offices on the 2014 ballot. Republicans said Tuesday they would be meeting in Rochester. The Democrats previously locked in a Duluth venue.

The biggest drama, however, is set for Rochester. Republicans are split over whom to back for governor and U.S. Senate. The endorsed candidates, if party activists can coalesce, are likely to face August primary challengers anyway.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken face no real competition from within their party as they ramp up re-election campaigns.

Scheduling was challenging because the legislative session could be still going in mid-May. The weekend prior to the conventions covers the Memorial Day holiday.

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