NEW ULM - During Tuesday's precinct caucuses former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert took an early lead in the Republican straw poll for his party's nomination in the governor's race.
Seifert felt humbled coming in first among a number of great candidates, he said Thursday.
Seifert currently has a 2 percent statewide lead over Dave Thompson, but his margin of victory was much higher in Brown County where he received 63 votes. Seifert is originally from Brown County and was elected to the Legislature in the district that includes Marshall.
While Seifert was pleased with the support from his home county, he was not surprised. He joked that Seifert is a fairly common name in Brown County.
The big surprise came from Twin Cities. "We also did a lot better in the metro area than many people expected," said Seifert. Referring to his run for governor four years earlier Seifert added he had learned his lesson and would focus his campaign in all areas of the state.
Seifert's competition for the GOP nomination, Dave Thompson has stated he will abide by the party's endorsement and will not run in the primary.
Asked if he would abide by his party's endorsement, Seifert said he was open-minded about the primaries, but he would not be signing any pledges. Seifert appears confident he can win the endorsement of GOP, saying "I was last to enter the race, but took first and that says something."