It's a cold and overcast day right now in southern Minnesota, although the rain and snow seem to have held off for now. After today's primary, there's a distinct possibility that things might heat up in the St. Peter-area special election.
New Ulm Journal staff writer Josh Moniz reports in 19A primary takes place today:
Powerful organizations and fundraising sources are converging on Minnesota House District 19A in efforts to win a victory for their party just as the primary election occurs today and general election on Tuesday, Feb. 12. . . .
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann sent out two fundraiser e-mails urging her supporters to donate to Quist's campaign. Bachmann is a long-time friend of the Quist family.
. . .Quist also has the newly formed Minnesota Jobs Coalitions, an economic issues PAC, considering throwing its support behind him. The Coalition has been active with daily criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton's new tax proposals, pushing Republican positions and laying some ground work to criticize Johnson's support of Dayton's proposals. . . .
Meanwhile, former Gustavus Adolphus College Democrats leader Megan Nelson reported that Gov. Mark Dayton is planning to rally in support of Johnson at the college the day before the Feb. 12 general election. She said details on the visit are still pending.
Johnson received endorsements from the AFSCME-Council 5 union and the AFL-CIO union on Monday.
Independence candidate Gieseke will be holding a fundraiser rally today at 6:30 p.m. at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. The 2010 Independence gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner will speak in support of Gieseke at the event.
Read the rest of Moniz's article at the Journal. We'll keep you posted about the special election throughout the day.
Map: House district 19A
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