Itâ€™s hard to pinpoint exactly when the Republican Party of Minnesota hit rock bottom.
Itâ€™s even more difficult to determine its path to recovery this cycle, if one even exists.
The state party kicked off last year nearly $2 million in debt. In April, it faced eviction for six figures in owed rent on the partyâ€™s headquarters. In November, Republicans racked up historic losses: a 35-point defeat in a Senate race, a competitive House seat, control of both legislative chambers and two GOP-backed constitutional amendments. Ouch.
Itâ€™s hard to find a state party thatâ€™s fallen as far, as quickly, as the Minnesota GOP has. To make matters more severe, thereâ€™s a closing window of opportunity for the state party to turn its circumstances around before November 2014.
â€œ2012 was important, but I believe 2014 will determine the direction of Minnesota for a generation,â€ said state GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge, whose term ends in April. â€œYouâ€™ve got not just the Senate race, but the governors race and three other statewide constitutional offices, the house in Minnesota, as well as several congressional seats.â€
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