Former Eagan state Rep. Mike Obermueller has won the DFL endorsement to take on Republican Rep. John Kline in the state’s 2nd Congressional District this fall.
Obermueller bested two other candidates for the endorsement after three rounds of balloting at Rosemount High School on Saturday. Dakota County Commissioner and former South St. Paul mayor Kathleen Gaylord and Northfield City Council member Patrick Ganey were also seeking the party’s backing.
Obermueller led Ganey and Gaylord with 46 percent of the vote after the first ballot, according to liberal blog the MN Progressive Project. Gaylord dropped out from the race after the first round, throwing her support behind Ganey’s bid for Congress. But Obermueller continued to gain votes each round of balloting, reaching 59 percent of the vote — just shy of the 60 percent threshold needed to win the endorsement — after the third ballot. Ganey conceded the race ahead of the fourth ballot, according to the Rosemount Patch.
“Mike has been a strong, progressive leader who has the experience and the message to win in November, and we will be working side by side with him to make sure he succeeds,” DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said in a statement. “We have a clear path to victory in November, and we look forward to sending a strong leader to serve the Second District in Washington.”
Obermueller served in the House from 2009 until 2010, losing to freshman GOP Rep. Doug Wardlow in the 2010 election. Obermueller will now take on Kline, a five-term incumbent congressman from Lakeville.