Video: 1st Congressional District GOP results analysis

Update: Quist wins.

Allen Quist “is going to have to work hard in presenting himself as an electable Republican. Because that’s not something has has a record of doing. He hasn’t won an election since the mid-80s and that is a long time” — Conservative blogger and GOP activist Michael Brodkorp on the challenge ahead for Allen Quist as he faces Incumbent Rep. Tim Walz in November.

Live at 9:00pm: A discussion of the results from the 1st Congressional District GOP contest.

MPR News editor Michael Olson hosts a video chat focusing on the early results from the 1st Congressional District GOP contest with GOP activist and conservative blogger Michael Brodkorb.

Submit your questions in the comment section here, or by sending a Tweet to @MPRpolitics.

Candidates: Mike Parry, Allen Quist

Live Election Results from MPR News

More on Brodkorb’s new blog and his employment dispute with the state after the jump.

Brodkorb recently launch and says his new endeavor will take a more positive track than the slash and burn approach he took with his blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

Brodkorb writes in his initial post of his new blog:

This post is the most substantive comments I have communicated publicly since December 16, 2011. As many know, I’m currently engaged in a legal dispute over my employment with the Minnesota Senate. I will not be able to comment on any aspects of my legal case on Please do not confuse my inability to comment as any lack of understanding on my part about the issues involving my case. At a time appropriate in the future, I will likely have an an opportunity to speak. Until such a time, I will continue to make little, if any, public statements. will provide analysis, breaking news and commentary about Minnesota politics from the perspective of a political insider. There is always a story behind the story – that story will be focus of

  • Molly Sigel

    Curious as to why MPR thinks Michael Brodkorb is the most qualified to provide analysis on the First Congressional district or as to why they are promoting his new blog. This is disappointing.

  • Maria Jette

    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Brodkorb would be an election “analyst” on MPR. Surely a person who’s suing our state’s Senate (ergo, us Minnesotans) should be at the very bottom of the list of potential pundits. Of course, the Republicans knew he was a creep– his blog made that clear– and so did Amy Koch, but they hired him, and she, um, well, you know; and they all paid for their naiveté in thinking he wouldn’t be a nasty to THEM as he had been to everyone else. Actually, we’re ALL paying for their naiveté! He clearly wields some powerful magic when it’s in his interests. I hope whoever brought him in wakes up from their trance and dumps him pronto.

  • Michael Olson, MPR News

    Thank you Molly and Maria for your comments about our election night chat.

    We decided to include Brodkorb in the online chat about the 1st District because of his experience working on GOP campaigns, as a former state Republican Party Deputy chair, and working for the state Senate Republican Caucus.