Candidates in Minnesota's Gubernatorial Race Prepare Addresses

June 04, 2018 08:44 AM

The race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton has begun.

Candidates from both sides of the aisle will speak at the Minnesota State Capitol Monday morning, as they begin preparing for campaign stops.

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The addresses at the capitol are coming off a busy weekend at the conventions on opposite ends of the state.

The DFL convention in Rochester wrapped up with State Rep. Erin Murphy winning the party's endorsement. She named first-term Rep. Erin May Quade as her lieutenant governor.

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On the Republican side, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won the delegates' support at the convention in Duluth.

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However, the gubernatorial battle is just beginning.

Later Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz will be at the State Office Building filing to run for governor alongside his lieutenant governor candidate Peggy Flanagan, despite the fact the two did not receive the party endorsement at the DFL convention this weekend.

"Clearly there was a split at the DFL convention between the progressives and the labor factions who would rally behind Erin Murphy and the more moderate folks who had rallied around congressman Walz," analyst Larry Jacobs, with the University of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs, said.

Experts say Walz has more money and a broader support base.

On the GOP side, experts say Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition. He did not attend the convention with his running mate Michelle Fischbach.

"Party endorsements are no longer an inside shot to winning the nomination; the primary is the main battle," Jacobs said.

The primary will be held August 14.

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