FARIBAULT -The watchdog will be peering from the sidelines.
Coleen Rowley failed in her bid to unseat Republican incumbent John Kline on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 race.
With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Kline finished well ahead of his Democratic challenger, with a tally of 112,935 votes (57 percent) to 78,907 votes (40 percent), according to unofficial results. Independent challenger Douglas Williams had 7,349 votes (4 percent).
"The people of our district know I put principles above partisanship and the solid victory tonight is gratifying considering the difficult climate for some Republicans, Kline responded via e-mail Tuesday night. "I look forward to returning for a third term in Washington and fighting on my constituents' behalf."
Rowley, a former FBI agent, made a name for herself when she provided testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the handling of the Sept. 11 attacks. She was also picked by Time magazine as one of three women picked as "The Whistleblowers: Person of the Year" in 2002.
Kline was first elected to represent District 2 in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004. The Marine Corps veteran is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
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