Minnesota Republicans meet to elect leader amid debt, scandal

State Republicans meet in St. Cloud to choose among three people vying to be the party's next state leader. The person who takes over confronts a steep climb to steer the party through a crippling debt and a scandal that ousted their Senate leader.
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State Republicans meet in St. Cloud to choose among three people vying to be the party's next state leader. The person who takes over confronts a steep climb to steer the party through a crippling debt and a scandal that ousted their Senate leader.

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