MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has lacked suspense so far this year as Sen. Amy Klobuchar maintains an air of formidability around her run for a second term.
Klobuchar has major advantages in money, name recognition and poll standing over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Allies say she has a talent for seizing on policy initiatives that affect people's lives, and has worked well with Republicans on legislation she pushes.
Bills has embraced the underdog label. Meanwhile, Minnesota Republicans say Klobuchar has played it safe with work on issues like consumer affairs and child safety.
If Klobuchar wins, she'll be Minnesota's first senator to win a second term since 1996.
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