Republicans have just posted a statement from Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa) in response to the defeat of Sen Tom Bakk (DFL-03, Cook) by new Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent (DFL-53, Woodbury). Here Gazelka says to Iron Rangers “He has your back.” With the removal of Bakk for someone from the Twin Cities Republicans will support the Range.

Republicans are focusing on the DFL being anti-mining, anti-jobs and anti-Iron Range.