(NEWS.YAHOO) — STORDEN, Minn. (AP) — Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter of the Shady Drive Inn as the owner aired the same frustrations with political gridlock that some of her regular customers grumble about.
Then she asked the Senate candidate point-blank: "What party are you affiliated with?" McFadden tiptoed into the answer: "Well, I'm an American first," he said. "But I'm a Republican."
His comment reflects the delicate challenge facing the GOP in its bid to topple Democratic Sen. Al Franken in November. Republicans in Minnesota have suffered 13 defeats in 14 statewide races over the last decade, often after nominating staunchly conservative candidates.
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