DFLer Reed drops out of 6th District race

Maureen Reed
Sixth District DFL candidate Maureen Reed dropped out of the race Sunday, and says she will support the other DFLer Tarryl Clark in her campaign to defeat incumbent Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in the November election.
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A DFL candidate in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District says she's exiting the race because it's time for the party to unite behind one person.

Dr. Maureen Reed said in a statement Sunday that a prolonged primary fight between her and Tarryl Clark is only assisting Republican incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Reed says she's now going to support Clark.

Clark won the party's endorsement in March. In a statement, Clark called Reed a "spirited competitor" and thanked her for her support. She says that by working together, the DFL can bring "real representation" to the 6th District.

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton says Bachmann is a champion of taxpayers, and he's confident she'll defeat Clark.

The 6th District covers all or most of Anoka, Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright counties.

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