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3 GOP governor candidates tight in convention vote

May 31, 2014
Associated Press

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Three Republicans are tightly bunched in early voting on an endorsement for Minnesota governor.

The first ballot Saturday put Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson slightly ahead of state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. All were far from the 60 percent required for endorsement.

Republicans won't know their nominee until August because two other contenders bypassed the convention for the primary. They are businessman Scott Honour and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

The party's goal is to unseat first-term Gov. Mark Dayton. He was endorsed by Democrats for another four years at a state convention in Duluth on Saturday.



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