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About 100 Republican legislative candidates on Tuesday join those in statewide races to listen to party Chairman Tony Sutton cheer them. Among the candidates is the GOP governor hopeful, Tom Emmer, who is in the front right. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

GOP hopes it is like 1994

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans hope 2010 is like 1994. Or 1946. Or, maybe, 1928.

Spurred by discontent with Washington and St. Paul, Grand Old Party candidates are optimistic they can repeat those three pro-GOP years.

"Our government has grown too big," said Gretchen Hoffman, a first-time candidate running against Sen. Dan Skogen, DFL-Hewitt. "We have lost any common sense."

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