ROCHESTER, Minn. – Even though the party is over, the impacts of the GOP convention in Rochester are still being felt.
Officials with the city estimate more than 2,000 people attended the two day event where republicans from around the state picked who they are backing in this fall’s elections. With all those visitors in town, parking became an issue on Friday but those were expected and overall it meant big money for the city. “Somewhere around a half a million to three quarters of a millions dollars, ” Executive Director of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau Brad Jones said.
Republicans picked Mike McFadden to square off against U.S. Senator Al Franken. They also endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to go toe to toe with Governor Mark Dayton.
The DFL held their convention in Duluth.