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Minn. GOP in debt for $500K

State Party Chairman Tony Sutton says the financial burden is due to Republican's calculated gamble in the 2010 elections. The state GOP spent heavily on campaigning and won the state Legislature for the first time in a generation.
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State Party Chairman Tony Sutton says the financial burden is due to Republican's calculated gamble in the 2010 elections. The state GOP spent heavily on campaigning and won the state Legislature for the first time in a generation.

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