GOP backs Quist for vacated District 19A seat

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The Republican Party has chosen former state Rep. Allen Quist to be its candidate in a special election Feb. 12 for the newly open District 19A seat, KEYC reported.

The seat was vacated by DFL Rep. Terry Morrow who announced after the November election that he was taking another job in Chicago.

Quist is fresh from another race, for U.S. Congress, in which he lost a bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Tim Walz.

Quist told his GOP colleagues that he could pick up right where he left off in his congressional race, saying his campaign team is ready to swing back into action, KEYC reported.

It's not clear if any other GOP candidates will challenge Quist further now that he has the party backing. If necessary, a primary would be held Jan. 29.

There will be another special election Feb. 12 to fill the seat of Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, who is also taking another job.

In other news, several people are vying to be the next leader of the Minnesota Republican Party following the announcement by current Chairman Pat Shortridge that he is stepping down, the Associated Press reported.

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