A Holy War For The Soul Of The Gop

The front-runner for the Republican Party gubernatorial endorsement in Minnesota--a soybean farmer and devout Christian named Allen Quist--has been likened to cult leader David Koresh. The barb, however, isn't a partisan attack hurled by Democrats. The invective comes from mainstream GOP operatives loyal to incumbent Governor Arne H. Carlson, a pro-choice moderate. And they're not stopping at name-calling. With the state GOP dominated by religious zealots dubbed "Quistians," Carlson is likely to be denied his party's endorsement at a June 17 state convention. So he plans to bring his case--and a 17-point lead in the polls--directly to party members in the Sept. 13 GOP primary.

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