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Kline holds off Sarvi in Minn. 2nd
Eds: APNewsNow. LEADS to update with Kline winning re-election. Will be led.
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Kline has beaten Democratic challenger Steve Sarvi, surviving a Democratic onslaught that saw some of Kline’s GOP colleagues swept out of office.
The race pitted two military veterans against each other, but the veterans issue was hardly neutralized. Sarvi criticized Kline for not doing enough for veterans during his six years in Congress, but wasn’t able to unseat the incumbent Tuesday.
Kline countered that he had a good record on the issue, such as sponsoring legislation to extend nationwide a Minnesota program to help troops adjust to coming home after serving overseas.
Democrats knew that they faced an uphill battle in the conservative 2nd Congressional District, which hugs the southern edge of the Twin Cities and runs through the cities of Red Wing, Zumbrota, Faribault and Le Sueur.