Though later than usual, Senate District 46 Republicans on Monday endorsed Paul Scofield in his bid for the state Senate.
Scofield was an unusual winner during the Aug. 14 Republican primary—though he had previously , and said he wanted out of the race, . He was only on the ballot because he missed the deadline to withdraw.
Instead, he will face two-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Ron Latz in November's general election.
Mike Held, the SD 46 Republican coordinator, said this was the first time in memory that an unendorsed candidate won a local primary. A simple motion and a second on Monday night officially gave Scofield the endorsement.
Scofield, who lost to Latz in the 2010 general election, said he is serving the wishes of local Republicans by staying in the race this year.
During a brief talk after his endorsement, he said he supports both the voter ID and marriage amendments. He also said he will work hard to implement a “right to work” plan in Minnesota, similar to the one newly adopted in Wisconsin.