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State Rep. Kurt Bills joins GOP race to challenge Klobuchar

Bills is a first-term representative from Rosemount, where he teaches high school economics. He says he wants to bring Economics 101 to Washington. He joins two other Republicans hoping to be the party's challenger to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.
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Bills is a first-term representative from Rosemount, where he teaches high school economics. He says he wants to bring Economics 101 to Washington. He joins two other Republicans hoping to be the party's challenger to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

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