ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Senate candidates Julianne Ortman and Mike McFadden are on different paths as they hope to be the one to challenge incumbent Democrat Al Franken in November.
Ortman, a state senator, has appeared before more than 50 small gatherings of Republican activists. McFadden has done less than half that, focusing instead on fundraising.
Four other Republicans are in the race, but many activists see the contest coming down to Ortman or McFadden.
Those activists start gathering next month for precinct caucuses. That starts a process leading to endorsement at a state convention in May.
McFadden has already said he would run in the August primary without the endorsement. Ortman hasn't said for sure either way.