“At their respective party conventions on Friday, Democrats in Rochester endorsed” Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Tina Smith (D) for new terms. Klobuchar was unopposed.
“In Duluth, Republicans picked” state Rep. Jim Newberger (R) “to take on Klobuchar, and” state Sen. Karin Housley (R) “to run against Smith.”
“Endorsed candidates still must compete in an August 14 primary to be the party’s nominee this fall, and that’s already a foregone conclusion in some of the races. Smith … handily won the endorsement over three challengers on the first ballot, but at least two candidates plan to run against her in a primary. … Her primary challengers include” former Bush White House attorney Richard Painter (D) and attorney Nick Leonard (D). “Leonard is running to Smith’s left and is endorsed by Our Revolution.”” (MPR)
“Painter … said he will run against Smith in the Aug. 14 primary election.” (Grand Forks Herald)
“Housley, of St. Mary’s Point, received 74 percent of the vote in the first round of voting Friday night. … Housley’s challengers were small-business owners Bob Anderson and Forest Hyatt, who received 10.5 percent and 14.5 percent of the vote, respectively. … Newberger received 79.2 percent of the vote in the first round of voting at the DECC. A candidate needs to secure 60 percent of the votes to receive the endorsement. Newberger was challenged by small-business owner Robert Barnheiser, who was heckled by delegates on the floor and booed at times during his speech for things he said about Newberger. Barnheiser received 18.5 percent of the vote.” (Grand Forks Herald)
“Housley’s race against Smith is expected to be more competitive than Newberger’s challenge to Klobuchar.” (MinnPost)
GREEN THUMB’S UP. The NRDC Action Fund, a national environmental organization, also endorsed Smith on Friday. (release)