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Shock as Lori Swanson loses DFL endorsement for attorney general

Her record on gun control counted against her, it seems.

There was a shock early into day 2 of the DFL convention in Rochester, as incumbent attorney general Lori Swanson lost the endorsement of the Minnesota DFL.

After the first round of voting Swanson had 52 percent of the vote, short of the 60 percent needed for the full endorsement, with progressive challenger Matt Pelikan picking up 47 percent of the vote.

Shortly after the first round, Swanson told DFL chairman Ken Martin she would no longer be seeking the endorsement, leaving Pelikan to get the backing of the Minnesota Democratic party.

There's now a question mark over whether Swanson will run to win a fourth term in office, with the candidate filing deadline on Tuesday.

Should she decide to run, she'll face Pelikan in an August primary.

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The Pioneer Press reports that it was Swanson's previous support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) that counted against her on Saturday.

Gun control is proving one of the hot button issues among electors this coming November, particularly Democrats,

Pelikan, an attorney from Northfield, Minnesota, has attacked Swanson for failing to stand up to the powerful gun lobby including the NRA during her time in charge, the Associated Press reports.

"A progressive leader does not have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association," Pelikan said at the convention, which the Star Tribune reports refers to Swanson's 2010 NRA endorsement.

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