Minnesota Republicans Seek Unity after Primary

Updated: 08/13/2014 10:51 AM
Created: 08/13/2014 5:56 AM

Minnesota Republicans are trying to unite after primary races that settled their top-of-the-ticket places in November.
Just hours after Jeff Johnson was nominated for governor, his main rivals were to appear with him at the Capitol in a show of support. Johnson's out to keep Gov. Mark Dayton from winning a second term.
Investment banker Mike McFadden focused for months on a fall matchup with Sen. Al Franken. Tuesday night's results certified what's sure to be an expensive fight. Minnesota isn't yet seen as a prime pick up chance for Republicans in the Senate, but that could change.
One notable upset came in southern Minnesota, where Jim Hagedorn beat endorsed Republican Aaron Miller. Hagedorn, whose father once represented the region in Congress, will take on Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.

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GOP Party Chair Keith Downey and all four GOP candidates for governor unifying behind winner Jeff Johnson.
Photo: KSTP-TV/Tom Hauser
Jeff Johnson, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor, greets supporters after arriving at a restaurant for an election night party, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Plymouth, Minn.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Mike Murphy exits his polling place at the Whitney Senior Center after voting in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, St. Cloud, Minn.
Photo: AP/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter

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