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April 5, 2014

Miller wins upset victory in Republican endorsement

Benson's endorsement of Miller critical for victory


Hagedorn said dropping out was incredibly difficult. However, he said the focus needs to be on holding Walz accountable.

Jim Hahn, the vice chair of the 1st District Republicans, called Benson’s resignation “one of the classiest moves I’ve ever seen.”

“That’s how we should be as a party,” Hahn said. “Today should send a clear message to Mr. Walz: ‘We’re coming for you.’”

He equally praised Hagedorn’s actions.

Benson and Hagedorn indicated they have no plans to seek political office in the future. However, they said they may look into other forms of political work.

Focused on the future

In his convention speech, Miller called for limited government, reduction of the federal deficit and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he said could not be fixed. He said he can also reach out to the youth vote, which he said would be important for a Republican in the race. During this speech, he had about 20 college Republicans who work with his campaign standing in front of the stage.

He also called for more religious freedoms. He repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school in tears because evolution was being taught in her class. He said the teacher admitted to not believing in the scientific theory to his daughter but told her that the government forced him to teach the lesson.

“We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington D.C.,” Miller said.

Miller has declined to provide any more information to verify his story.

He also promoted his commitment to pro-life values.

At the end of the convention, Miller said his political strengths are his private sector experience, his 15 years of work in the health care industry and his military background.

He said his military experience will be able to nullify Walz’s strength on veteran issues.

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