Klobuchar's toughest obstacle may be complacency

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds big advantages in fundraising and name recognition over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. But former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz offers a reminder that he held similar advantages in June of 1990 before he was defeated by a college professor named Paul Wellstone.
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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds big advantages in fundraising and name recognition over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. But former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz offers a reminder that he held similar advantages in June of 1990 before he was defeated by a college professor named Paul Wellstone.

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