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Momentum Building for 2020

February 19, 2019 10:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Tuesday night, the Olmsted County Republicans held a convention in Rochester to elect new party leaders who will represent the region for the next two years. They also elected delegates who will be part of Minnesota's Central Committee. 

With around 40 conventions planned across Minnesota in the next two weeks, the Republican Party of Minnesota is hopeful it will energize more people to get involved.

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Chairwoman for the Republican Party of Minnesota, Jennifer Carnahan, said, "There are incredible opportunities for Minnesotans all across Minnesota. We came so close to delivering this state to President Donald Trump in 2016 when he came within 1 1/2 points and won 78 of Minnesota's 87 counties. So, we believe we have an incredible opportunity to deliver Minnesota's 10 electoral votes to President Donald Trump in 2020 which would be the first time for Minnesota to give its electoral votes to a Republican candidate for president since 1972."

President Donald Trump's National Emergency declaration for border wall funding drew a swift response from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 16 states, including Minnesota, are suing to stop the President's use of emergency powers. First Congressional District Representative, Jim Hagedorn, said he stands behind the President's decision.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn said, "The chaos in our southern borders has been chaos for 40 years. Any president could have declared an emergency. We finally have one who wants to do something about it. I support the President. We need to have secure borders. National security begins with border security, it's as simple as that."

President Trump has said he expects to do "very well" against the suit and that he had an "absolute right" to make the declaration.

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