2014 Governor’s Race

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton Chases 2nd Term In Final Run

Democrat Mark Dayton waited Tuesday to learn if Minnesota voters would rehire him as governor, the first time the veteran politician has asked to keep an elected job. His Republican opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, looked to vault past the incumbent after playing catch-up the entire campaign.

11/04/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 11-4-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link above to listen back to some of Dave’s ELECTION DAY coverage.

11/04/2014

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Dayton Calls GOP Ebola Ad ‘Garbage’

In a busy Minneapolis skyway Monday, Republican Jeff Johnson is working the lunchtime crowd. With public polls showing a tighter-than-expected race, Johnson is sprinting for last-minute votes. “Literally [in] the last couple of weeks, people have started paying attention, and I think there’s a lot of people who will decide today and tomorrow,” Johnson said. “So I’m just trying to introduce myself to anyone who is willing to talk. It’s been great.”

11/03/2014

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Dayton, Johnson Show Fire In Final Governor Debate

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson ended their series of debates Friday much like they began, with the incumbent hailing big-picture successes and his rival saying too many things went awry over the past four years.

10/31/2014

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Governor Hopefuls Answer Nine Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Click to read their verbatim answers.

10/18/2014

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Barring Change, 2-Way Governor Debate In Store

Something different is about to happen in a Minnesota governor’s race: A head-to-head debate. For the first time in at least four campaigns, the Democratic and Republican nominees were gearing up to go one-on-one.

10/14/2014

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GOP Nominee Johnson Gets Help From NJ’s Christie

Minnesota Republican Jeff Johnson is getting a high-profile assist in the governor’s race from New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Three events Monday were aimed at giving Johnson a lift in his race against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

10/13/2014

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3 Candidates To Take Stage In Governor Debate

The first of five debates in the Minnesota governor’s race has Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Jeff Johnson and the Independence Party’s Hannah Nicollet headed to Rochester.

10/01/2014

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Dayton Has Crucial Union Edge In Governor’s Race

Gov. Mark Dayton got a hero’s welcome Monday from union workers at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Conference in St. Paul. Dayton, Minnesota’s first Democratic governor in two decades, told convention delegates he delivered what he promised – jobs.

09/22/2014

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Ads In Minnesota Governor Race Not Candidates’

Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Jeff Johnson are the stars of television ads in their race for Minnesota governor. But neither can claim ownership of the spots because outside groups have done all of the airing so far. Research by The Associated Press shows that Dayton is among only eight of 28 governors seeking re-election who has yet to go live with his own ads. Johnson is also in the minority as a challenger without a steady commercial presence by now.

09/15/2014

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Top Prize In Minnesota Primary: GOP Governor Nod

Minnesota Republicans were picking candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.

08/12/2014

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Talking Points: Aug. 12 Primary Elections In Minnesota

You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.

08/03/2014

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Podcast Page: 7-29-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Tuesday’s show? Click the link above to head to Dave’s Podcast Page!

07/29/2014

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Zellers Says Gov. Dayton Mismanaged Sex Offender Program

A leading Republican candidate for governor is calling for an investigation into how important documents were destroyed in the case of a high-profile sex offender. Thomas Duvall, 58, has a history of violent sexual crimes dating back to the 1970s.

06/18/2014

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Reality Check: The Importance Of Endorsement In Governor’s Race

Four of the last five Minnesota governors ran for office without the endorsement of the major Republican or Democratic parties. Including Mark Dayton In 2010, the Democrats partied inside their convention, and banned Mark Dayton from going inside.

06/07/2014

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