Rep Jim Knoblach (R-14N St Cloud) announced today he is withdrawing from his candidacy for reelection citing an MPR story in which his daughter Laura alleges an abusive relationship since the age of nine. For the record Checks & Balances is the first media resource to call attention to this issue we published Rep Jim Knoblach Facing Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Daughter on January 04, 2017. We followed up later with Corroborating Information on the Knoblach Story January 18, 2018.

This legislative seat has seen the highest campaign expenditures in the last two elections. This means, barring any significant effort by the Republican Party through court action, it appears Dan Wolgamott (DFL-St Cloud) will be unopposed.

Today, the MPR two stories by Nina Moini and Briana Bierschbach are MN Rep. Jim Knoblach ends campaign ahead of MPR abuse allegations story and  Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach drops re-election bid, citing MPR News investigation.