ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is on the verge of gaining the formal backing of Republicans in his bid for Minnesota governor.
After three ballots, he had a comfortable lead Saturday over state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. Thompson withdrew and threw his backing to Johnson. Seifert said he was headed to a primary and would release his delegates.
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.