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Rick Perry endorses Hegseth in Minnesota's Senate race

Minnesota Republicans will meet this weekend to endorse a challenger to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry thinks they should back Army National Guard Captain Pete Hegseth. But Hegseth's competitors - Dan Severson and Kurt Bills - also have the backing of current or former presidential candidates.
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Minnesota Republicans will meet this weekend to endorse a challenger to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry thinks they should back Army National Guard Captain Pete Hegseth. But Hegseth's competitors - Dan Severson and Kurt Bills - also have the backing of current or former presidential candidates.

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