ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The race for the Republican endorsement for a Minnesota Senate seat has moved into a third ballot as three candidates search for a path to victory.
Two rounds of voting Friday evening left no candidate within striking distance of a 60-percent threshold needed for endorsement. The endorsed candidate will remain in the running to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken in November.
St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg led with one-third of the vote, followed by businessman Mike McFadden and state Sen. Julianne Ortman. A fourth candidate, retired naval officer Phillip Parrish, was in fourth.
If anyone other than McFadden wins, a spirited primary campaign could follow. He has said he will advance to August no matter what.
Franken will pick up his party's endorsement in Duluth on Saturday.