Republicans in Minnesota's 1st District have backed Mayo Clinic physician Brian Davis to run for Congress.
The Albert Lea Tribune is reporting that Republican delegates picked Davis over state Rep. Randy Demmer at an endorsing convention at Albert Lea High School on Saturday.
But before Davis can go up against Democratic first-term Rep. Tim Walz, he faces a primary against longtime state Sen. Dick Day.
Day skipped the Republican endorsement to take the decision directly to voters. The primary election is held in September.
Republicans hope to unseat Walz in November. First District GOP Chairman Duane Quam says Walz is vulnerable in the southern Minnesota swing district.
Walz is scheduled to start an outreach campaign in Mankato and Rochester.
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