Out-financed by his three main opponents in Tuesday's Democratic primary for U.S. Senator, Jerry Janezich campaigned table-to-table at Brainerd's Uptown Deli Friday afternoon.
"There's three days left," the DFL state senator from Chisholm said. "I think people have been paying attention the last couple days, after school starts. I'm going to win."
About a dozen or so DFLers, some decked out in Janezich T-shirts, mixed with other unsuspecting customers at the deli as the party-endorsed candidate visited tables asking for support.
As voters begin to make up their minds, Janezich said, his standing as the only elected official and the only non-millionaire in the Democratic race will help him. They'll consider where candidates have been and what they've been doing with their lives, the 50-year-old Janezich said.
"Success shouldn't just be about money," he said. "You wire my home, you're a success. You teach my children..." he said, citing some examples.
He wants voters to consider which candidate is most like them.
"Who's closest to them," he said. "Who makes a house payment and has to worry about it? Who sends their kids to public school? There are 85 millionaires in the Senate. I think they're well represented."
Janezich has strong labor support and the United Steelworkers and other unions began airing two ads promoting his candidacy on Thursday. The DFL Party is mailing 160,000 sample ballots recommending Janezich and planned to distribute 300,000 pieces of literature this weekend.
His main opponents are Mike Ciresi, Mark Dayton and Rebecca Yanisch.
Janezich's stop in Brainerd was part of a statewide tour that will last until Tuesday's primary. On Friday his schedule included St. Cloud, Little Falls, Brainerd, Duluth and Cloquet.
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