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Klobuchar keeps Senate seat after quiet campaign

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    Thursday, October 25 2012 9:26 PM EDT2012-10-26 01:26:01 GMT
    Kurt Bills is challenging Sen. Amy Klobuchar in the upcoming election, and he joined Political Happy Hour to discuss his new ad claiming she covered up the Tom Petters Ponzi scandal.
    Kurt Bills is challenging Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in the upcoming election, and he joined Political Happy Hour to discuss his new ad claiming she helped cover up the Tom Petters Ponzi scandal, but do the facts support it?

The race for the U.S. Senate seat did not see any of the drama that inundated other races, and first-term state Rep. Kurt bills could not muster enough votes to oust Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Election Day.

The results were announced within about 15 minutes of the polls closing in the state. With just 2 percent of precincts reporting, she enjoyed 76 percent of the vote over Bills' 20 percent.

Klobuchar's popularity and campaign war chest would be a formidable challenge for any rival to overcome -- especially Bills, who could not afford television ads until late in the campaign and relied mostly on retail politicking for promoting his campaign. The Republican Party did little to help him take on the incumbent.

Throughout the campaign, Bills embraced his role as the underdog while Klobuchar largely ignored him. He even tried to compare himself to former Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone during his first race, but polls put him far behind Klobuchar before the election.

In making her case to voters, Klobuchar played up her legislative achievements, particularly her bipartisan efforts with Republicans.

In his concession speech, Bills said he believes Republicans will "win this state down the road." He also described Klobuchar as "one of the toughest senators" to beat.

He intends to be back at work teaching high school economics in Rosemount on Wednesday morning.

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