Minnesota Businessman Mike McFadden wins GOP Nod for U.S. Senate

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2014 Updated May 31, 2014 at 7:53 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNow.com) -- Following more than ten hours of balloting, Minnesota Republicans chose businessman Mike McFadden as their endorsed candidate to face DFL Senator Al Franken in November's Election.

St. Louis County Commissioner, Chris Dahlberg, won a first place finish on the first seven ballots against the perceived front runners.

Dahlberg and McFadden were tied at 49% on the eighth ballot, which was distributed Saturday morning. Sixty percent is needed to win the endorsement.

On the ninth ballot, McFadden surged ahead.

Dahlberg gave a concession speech to the Republican delegation while the tenth ballot results were being tallied.

On Friday, Minnesota Republicans endorsed Dan Severson for Secretary for State and Randy Gilbert for State Auditor.

DFL leaders will kickoff the reelection campaigns for Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken on Saturday in Duluth.

The only contested DFL endorsement battle is the race to replace retiring Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Nick Minock