Minnesota Governor Candidates Make Final Campaign Stops

November 05, 2018 10:31 PM

It’s been a heated campaign between DFL candidate Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson to become Minnesota's next governor.

The two spent the final moments trying to energize supporters before the polls open.


As a cold, driving rain hit Elk River on Monday night, Johnson and his running mate, Donna Bergstrom, greeted supporters in a downtown restaurant.

“It's truly the easy part of the campaign," Johnson said. "There's no money left to raise, there's no strategizing, no horrible thing waiting to fall out of the sky."

Johnson, along with a few other Republicans on the statewide ticket, spent the final day of the campaign in Greater Minnesota before making their way to Sherburne County, and eventually down to the Blaine.

“There is an energy out there that I haven’t seen in a midterm before,” said Johnson. “It’s very encouraging.”

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Johnson said he’ll be up early Tuesday to greet transit riders as they head into work, before working the phones to get out voters and thank donors to the campaign. He'll then join other republican candidates at a watch party in Bloomington.

The top of the DFL ticket spent their last campaign stops hitting labor halls across the state, including the two final stops in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Walz walked into a room that burst with cheers as supporters waved signs and tried to get selfies taken with the DFL candidate for governor.

"I love this," Walz said. "This is one halftime speech after another at the state championship. It's what I lived for when I was coaching."

Walz was joined at the rally by his running mate, State Representative Peggy Flanagan.

“This enthusiasm out there is incredible,” Walz said. “Folks are out there wanting to make a positive difference and coming together as one Minnesota.”

Walz said he’ll vote in the morning in Mankato, take his kids to school, attend chapel and visit DFL action centers. 

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