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A day into campaign, Newman endorsed for AG post

Sen. Scott Newman
Sen. Scott Newman

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Scott Newman has secured the Republican Party's backing for Minnesota attorney general a day after jumping into the race.

The state senator from Hutchinson was the sole candidate seeking the endorsement Friday at the party's state convention in Rochester.

Newman is in line to challenge Democratic Attorney Lori Swanson as she vies for a third term. Minnesota hasn't elected a Republican to the post since 1966.

Newman told delegates that ''a sense of entitlement'' has encroached on the office.

The veteran lawmaker who has been an attorney is known for sponsoring legislation to require photo identification at polling places. Voters turned that back in 2012.

A third candidate, Brandan Borgos, is running on the Independence Party ticket.

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