Apr 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Republican's in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District will need to meet again to try to endorse a candidate to take on Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.
Neither state Senator Mike Parry nor former state Representative Allen Quist gained the required 60 percent of delegates after 14 hours and 23 rounds of balloting that began Saturday. Quist had 137 votes on the last ballot to 126 for Parry.
Both candidates said they would have been happy to keep going, but Kato Ballroom Manager Larry Bowers tells the Free Press city ordinances required him to shut down at 2 a.m. Sunday. The district central committee will set a date for reconvening later.
In the 4th District, which includes St. Paul, businessman Tony Hernandez won the GOP endorsement to challenge incumbent Democrat Betty McCollum.
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