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Quie endorses Demmer for Congress

GOP congressional candidate Randy Demmer announced Thursday that he's been endorsed by former Minnesota Republican Gov. Al Quie.

In the lette r, Quie praises the Hayfield state representative's work in the Minnesota Legislature. Quie writes, "Randy is the rare politician who doesn’t bend with the political winds, but instead approaches each and every decision with the same criteria in mind – what will best serve the people of my district and the greater good of Minnesota and our nation."

Demmer said he is humbled to receive Quie's endorsement.

"To have somebody like that be willing to come out at this point and say, 'Hey, I respect what you're doing here' is a great honor for me," he said.

This could give the Demmer campaign a boost heading into Saturday's GOP 1st District endorsing convention in Mankato, Minn. Demmer is competing with four others for the endorsement. They are National Guard veteran Jim Engstrand, former congressional staffer Jim Hagedorn, Army veteran Frank McKinzie and former state Rep. Allen Quist.

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Demmer also announced this week that he has received the endorsement of all state lawmakers from the 1st District with the exception of Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who is endorsing Engstrand.

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