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Stanley Hubbard-backed GOP candidate to challenge Franken

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Lawyer and GOP St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg plans to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by DFL Sen. Al Franken.

Dahlberg, of Duluth, has the backing of wealthy, influential political donor Stanley Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., the Star Tribune reports. Hubbard told the newspaper that he liked Dahlberg's ability to connect with people.

Dahlberg said he met Hubbard after Hubbard donated $600 to his 2012 commissioner campaign and “we hit it off,” Dahlberg told the Duluth News Tribune. “He’s a real down-to-earth guy.”

“I realize that I’m not well known outside of Northeastern Minnesota, so the only way to change that is to meet as many people as I can during the coming year,” Dahlberg said in a press release. “I’m humbled that Mr. Hubbard likes what I stand for, and I intend to show all Minnesotans – regardless of political orientation – that I’ll bring a common-sense, balanced and fiscally conservative approach to representing them in Washington, D.C.”

Dahlberg notes that he has some experience getting elected as a Republican in a Democratic area – he was re-elected in 2012 with 60 percent of the vote in an area known as a Democratic stronghold.

An Iraq veteran, Dahlberg says he plans to retire Oct. 1 after 25 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Dahlberg is the fourth Republican to throw himself into the race. He joins state Rep. Jim Abeler, state Sen. Julianne Ortman and businessman Mike McFadden in the field.

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