Photos: Minn. Republicans gather in St. Cloud

Politics Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 Republican state convention delegate John Quinn, of St. Paul, wears his hand-made hat proclaiming life, liberty and property Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Republican State Convention in St. Cloud, Minn. 
2 Delegates to the state Republican convention take their seats as the day get underway Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud, Minn. 
3 Delegate Matthew Rothchild, center, of Robbinsdale, addresses the room as the Republican State Convention gets underway Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud, Minn. 
4 Minnesota Senate majority leader David Senjem took his seat as a delegate at the Republican State Convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud, Minn. 
5 Three-month-old Calvin Kruse sat on his mother Courtney Kruse's lap during the Republican State Convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud, Minn. Kruse is a delegate from Mankato and her husband David Kruse in the 1st Congressional District chair. 
6 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills, center, exits the stage with his family after asking delegates at the state convention to vote for him Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
7 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hegseth is joined onstage at the state convention by his family after asking delegates for their vote Friday, May 18, 2012. 
8 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Severson, center, waits to address delegates at the state convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
9 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hegseth addresses delegates at the state convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
10 Nicole Severson, right, hugs her dad, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Severson, after introducing him at the Republican State Convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
11 A card is help up indicating how much time U.S. Senate candidate Dan Severson has remaining to speak to delegates Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Republican State Convention in St. Cloud. 
12 Jordan Olson, left, of Shakopee, and Jim Haberhorn, right, of Eagan, celebrate as they learn that Kurt Bills received the most votes during the first round of voting for U.S. Senate candidate at the Republican State Convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
13 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills, on stage with his family, thanks delegates for endorsing him, Friday, May 18, 2012 at the state convention in St. Cloud. 
14 Seven-year-old Hayden Bills looks out the window of his father Kurt Bills's campaign bus Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Republican State Convention in St. Cloud. Bills won the party's endorsement to run for the U.S. Senate. 
15 Republican state convention delegate Leah Schimon, of Shakopee, holds up a sign and cheers as Presidential candidate Ron Paul addresses the convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
16 Presidential candidate Ron Paul addresses delegates Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Republican State Convention in St. Cloud. 
17 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul addresses delegates at the state convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud. 
18 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul exits the stage after addressing delegates at the state convention Friday, May 18, 2012 in St. Cloud.