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A worker tacks up a billboard paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota, which targets Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing. Party officials say the move is the first of several in hopes of unseating Democrats in the Legislature. Mike Longaecker

State GOP goes on the offensive

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RED WING, Minn. - State Republican Party officials launched the opening salvo Wednesday in what they say will be an aggressive effort to take back legislative seats.

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It began with Sen. Steve Murphy, a lawmaker who is "out of touch" with his district, said Minnesota Republican Party Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb.

"Sen. Murphy's number was just up," he said of the Red Wing Democrat.

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