Minnesota: Local GOP Hopes Doc Has Cure for Walz Seat
Mayo Clinic physician Brian Davis (R) won his party’s 1st district Congressional endorsement on Saturday, defeating state Rep. Randy Demmer (R). According to a tally from the state party, Davis defeated Demmer on the first ballot, 160 to 60 votes.
A third candidate, state Sen. Dick Day (R), decided not to participate in the party’s endorsement process and will face Davis in the Sept. 9 primary. The GOP nominee will challenge freshman Rep. Tim Walz (D) in November.
“Brian Davis is a great choice for the people of southern Minnesota, and I look forward to working with him to retire Tim Walz from Congress,” said Mark Drake, a spokesman for the Minnesota Republican Party.”On issue after issue, Dr. Davis represents a sharp contrast to a far-left liberal like Walz.”
Walz defeated six-term Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R) by about 15,000 votes in 2006. The district, however, voted for the Republican presidential nominee in both 2000 and 2004, making it a potential GOP pickup opportunity in 2008.
— Shira Toeplitz