Outside groups have poured $615,000 into a Minnesota legislative race between freshman Rep. Zach Dorholt, DFL-St. Cloud, and Republican Jim Knoblach. It’s an indication of how much may be at stake in the race — the control of the Minnesota House.
House District 14B is in Michele Bachmann’s Congressional District and Dorholt is the only Democrat in Minnesota’s legislature from that conservative area. He was elected in 2012, which was a bad year for Minnesota Republicans. However, he did win by 13 percentage points — which was better than President Barack Obama, who outpolled Mitt Romney by just 10 percentage points among the same voters.
Despite numbers that seem to favor Dorholt, Republicans would like Minnesota’s most conservative congressional district to be all red again; several groups have targeted the race hoping to boost his Republican challenger Jim Knoblach to victory in 14B. Knoblach is a former legislator. He served from 1995 to 2006 and has been working in the private sector since then.
The two debated Wednesday as part of a larger candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the St. Cloud Area.