GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken


STORDEN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republicans have suffered 13 defeats in 14 statewide races over the last decade, often after nominating staunchly conservative candidates.

So the man who hopes to topple Democratic Sen. Al Franken in November is embracing a lot of ideas that many in the GOP are fighting fervently to kill. He supports an immigration overhaul with a path to citizenship. He says President Barack Obama's health care law must go, but he wants a replacement that replicates some of its goals.

Mike McFadden is a former investment banker and political newcomer. He opposed last fall's federal government shutdown and often laments "extreme partisanship." He's even gone so far as to cast himself as "a right-center Amy Klobuchar," a reference to Minnesota's popular two-term Democratic senator known for working across the aisle.

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