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Another challenger for U.S. Rep. John Kline


The race for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District continues to get more crowded.

The Associated Press reports that first-time politician Thomas Craft from Eagan has entered the race and will take on incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline, Mike Obermueller, a former state lawmaker, and republican engineer David Gerson.

Craft, who says he will challenge Obermueller for the Democratic Party's endorsement, is a consultant who says he advises companies on improving efficiency and profitability, the AP reports. He's 30-years-old and a Little Falls native.

Kline, who is running for a seventh term, has beefed up his political war-chest this time around. He hit a fundraising record over the last three months, according to MPR. The congressman reported he had raised $482,000 and had $1.1 million cash on hand in the time period ending June 30.

After redistricting two years ago, Minnesota’s 2nd District is more Democratic-leaning, with slightly more votes for President Barack Obama in last fall’s election, according to a St. Cloud Times report. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, told the newspaper that the district is now considered a swing district.

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