AG Swanson Pulls out of DFL Endorsement Fight

In this March 12, 2018 photo, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks during an interview at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Jim Mone/AP
In this March 12, 2018 photo, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks during an interview at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn.

June 02, 2018 12:44 PM

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has lost the Democratic party's endorsement for a fourth term to challenger Matt Pelikan.

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Saturday's endorsement of Pelikan was a shocking upset over the incumbent Swanson. Swanson narrowly led Pelikan on the first round of delegate voting but abruptly pulled out rather than proceed to a second ballot.

Pelikan is a Northfield attorney and party activist who criticized Swanson as too cautious and unwilling to take on powerful organizations like the National Rifle Association. He says his endorsement is a sign that Democratic delegates are hungry for change.

Swanson was long rumored to be preparing a run for governor before announcing she would instead seek a fourth term as attorney general. She may still run in a primary against Pelikan.


 

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