Rochester, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Republicans have endorsed investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate, likely sparing him a primary fight and offering him a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken.
Saturday's outcome came as somewhat of a surprise because McFadden didn't agree to abide by the convention's decision heading in.
That is usually a deal-breaker for delegates. McFadden stressed his ability to raise the millions needed to wage an effective campaign.
He says his experience in the business sector would provide a clear contrast with Franken.
McFadden overtook St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg for the win after 10 ballots. So far, Minnesota's race isn't among the nation's most competitive in the fight for Senate control, but Republicans hope McFadden puts it on the map.