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Who will lead Minnesota's Republican party? List of possibilities is forming

Tony Sutton's sudden resignation as party chair last week leaves Minnesota Republicans looking for new leadership. Here's a list of some names that are possibilities and others who have ruled themselves out.
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Tony Sutton's sudden resignation as party chair last week leaves Minnesota Republicans looking for new leadership. Here's a list of some names that are possibilities and others who have ruled themselves out.

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