Posted at 8:21 PM on August 14, 2012
by Catharine Richert
We've got reporters staked in the 1st and 8th Congressional Districts tonight tracking the contenders there.
Here's a report from MPR's Elizabeth Baier, who is in Waseca following Republican state Sen. Mike Parry's campaign. He's competing against Allen Quist to challenge 1st Congressional District DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
Parry arrived at Katie O'Leary's Beef and Brew Irish Bar in Waseca shortly after 7 p.m., after a day of making final rounds around southern Minnesota. He ate a burger and fries with his wife Kathy, and a handful of supporters, including Gordon Christensen, and his wife Darlene Hultquist, of Waseca.
"When Mike Parry was elected to the state of Minnesota, I was just surprised and pleased that he was a better representative than I thought he would be, so I support him," Christensen said.
Added Hultquist: "I think Mike Parry is just a very genuine and honest individual and I respect that and support him."
Christensen said the over-the-top comments between Quist and Parry in the weeks leading up to the election didn't sway his vote.
"They always get heated at the end. I know Mike has made a couple of controversial statements, but I support Mike Parry," Christensen said.
On Wednesday, Parry and his wife will head out on a long-weekend trip to Iowa to relax for a few days after the election, according to his wife Kathy Parry.
Photo: Congressional candidate and state Sen. Mike Parry chats with friend and supporter Phil Brewer, left, at Katie O'Leary's Beef & Brew in Waseca Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Parry is facing off with former state Rep. Allen Quist for the 1st Congressional District. The elected candidate will challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in November's general election. (Alex Kolyer for MPR)
Well ya gave it a shot Mike, thanks for trying.
Even his party dose'nt want him!