Bemidji sweater vest maker sticks with Santorum

Bill Batchelder's loyalty to Rick Santorum was dyed in the wool. Batchelder was the only one of 40 delegates representing Minnesota to cast a vote for Santorum (33 went to Ron Paul, six to Romney) at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Santorum visited Batchelder's sweater factory in Bemidji last February, a trip prompted by the former Pennsylvania senator’s fondness for Batchelder’s Bemidji Woolen Mills sweater vests.
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Bill Batchelder in February had asked then-presidential candidate Rick Santorum if there was anything he could for him, the Star Tribune reports. Yes, Santorum said – become a delegate. He did, and on Tuesday he was the only one of 40 delegates who cast a vote for Santorum at the Republican National Convention. Why the dyed-in-the-wool loyalty? Santorum helped make sweater vests cool (sort of – briefly), and the two bonded when Santorum visited Batchelder's Bemidji Woolen Mills plant.

Meanwhile at the RNC, a "celebrity-like" Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is making the rounds, MPR reports.

And in other convention news, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a featured speaker Tuesday night, says vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan puts Minnesota in play, the Pioneer Press reports.

And Ron Paul supporters say they will stay involved in Minnesota politics, the Pioneer Press reports. Minnesota had the biggest voting bloc of support for Paul at the RNC.

Here's a two-minute Washington Post highlight reel from Tuesday, which includes Santorum, Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

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