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10-Week Scramble Opens for Minn. GOP Governor Nomination

Updated: 06/02/2014 11:44 AM
Created: 06/02/2014 10:26 AM KSTP.com

A 10-week scramble among Republicans to determine Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's fall opponent is underway.
    
The Minnesota GOP will have the first competitive primary for Republicans in a statewide race in two decades. Four contenders had filed to run as of Monday.
    
Jeff Johnson won the party's endorsement at a weekend state convention. But three fellow candidates hope to overtake the Hennepin County commissioner. They are: businessman Scott Honour, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and former Rep. Marty Seifert.
    
Johnson says he thinks he'll need to raise and spend $1 million to be successful on Aug. 12.
    
This year is shaping up as more wide open than the party's 1994 primary, when incumbent GOP Gov. Arne Carlson dispatched with a challenger from his right.

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