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Republican Allen Quist to make another bid for Congress in First District

In a letter to GOP activists Quist says he'll announce his challenge to Democrat Tim Walz on Thursday. Quist failed to gain the Republican endorsement in 2010. He was a candidate for governor twice in the 1990's.
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In a letter to GOP activists Quist says he'll announce his challenge to Democrat Tim Walz on Thursday. Quist failed to gain the Republican endorsement in 2010. He was a candidate for governor twice in the 1990's.

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