Former Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer (R), who narrowly lost a bid for governor in 2010, is the first candidate in the race to succeed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Emmer, who came within one percentage point of defeating now-Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) three years ago, announced his bid for the conservative-leaning seat Wednesday evening.

"It seems like every day we hear about another out-of-control Washington, D.C. power grab," Emmer said in a speech announcing his bid in his hometown of Delano, promising to bring "the spirit of Main Street to Washington."

He's known for his strongly conservative views — including a call during his gubernatorial campaign for a state law that all federal laws must be approved before being implemented in Minnesota. He's likely to face a crowded GOP field in the Republican-leaning district.

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