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State senator launches campaign for U.S. House

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Sen. Dick Day
State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, announced his candidacy for the U.S. House Rep. on Tuesday during a rally held at the State Capitol. Sen. Day is challenging Brian Davis of Rochester for the Republican nomination.
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State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, kicked off his GOP primary campaign today outside the State Capitol.

Day is challenging Brian Davis of Rochester, who won the Republican endorsement in the 1st Cogressional District. The primary winner will face Democratic incumbent Rep. Tim Walz in November.

Day said he will stress his experience this summer as he travels throughout the southern Minnesota district.

Brian Davis
Brian Davis is a Republican running for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District. Dr. Davis treats cancer patients at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and has never run for office before. The district is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.
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"If people don't want experience, then probably they'll have to go the other way," Day said. "But if they're looking for somebody that's been on a city council, a county board, and in the state Senate and knows the district, I hope they'll lean my way."

Davis said he takes Day's challenge seriously. But for now, Davis said he's focused on unifying party activists behind his campaign.

The state GOP convention begins Thursday in Rochester.