Franken challenger wins GOP nod

After ten ballot rounds, the Republican Party of Minnesota endorsed senate candidate Mike McFadden on Saturday to take on Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenDems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue Consumer internet privacy: Leaving the back door unlocked Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (D-Minn.). 

"I am so honored and humbled," McFadden said in a statement. "From the bottom of my heart -- thank you."

McFadden is touting himself as a business leader in his quest to unseat Franken, one of the most progressive senators. According to most polling, Franken enjoys a comfortable lead above 10 percentage points and he's expected to win.

McFadden's primary battle was contentious, with the ballots going all throughout Friday night until 2 a.m. earlier Saturday morning, according to reports. Delegates returned earlier this morning to vote again and McFadden was ultimately selected.

McFadden's primary win is also a score for Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannChief strategist of pro-Trump super-PAC guilty in payment scandal GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC Michele Bachmann trolls Clinton on NYC subway MORE (R-Minn.), who endorsed McFadden earlier Saturday. 

“I am so honored and humbled to be the endorsed Republican candidate against Sen. Al Franken," she said. “By endorsing a business leader with real world experience, our state has said that we want a Senator who will return us to the path of growth & prosperity."

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