Second Congressional District Rep. John Kline will travel to Red Wing today to meet with area business leaders and answer questions. The Republican will attend a lunch hour forum at the St. James Hotel sponsored by the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters.
Kline's visit to Red Wing comes at a time when the congressman is expected to face his biggest election challenge since winning the seat in 2002. Thanks to redistricting, the district's boundaries have become more friendly to Democrats. Kline's DFL challenger Mike Obermueller also got a boost this week. The Demcoratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Obermueller has earned a spot on their "Red to Blue" list of targeted race. That brings with it the potential for financial and strategic help.
But there's no doubt it's still an uphill climb for Obermueller. The Cook Political Report, University of Virginia's Center for Politics and Roll Call all rate the district as "likely Republican" at this point. In 2010, Kline trounced DFL challenger Shelley Madore, winning with more than 63 percent of the vote.