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.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has secured the endorsement of state Republican convention delegates in his bid for Minnesota governor. He notched the win Saturday on the fourth ballot. He outlasted state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. Thompson withdrew following a third ballot and threw his backing to Johnson. Seifert said he was headed to a primary regardless of the result.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman says she will drop her bid to run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken if she doesn’t get the GOP endorsement. Ortman says Thursday that the party’s U.S. Senate candidate will have to rely on the GOP leaders and activists who bestow the party’s endorsement at its state convention in May. She says the sooner the party can unite behind one candidate the better chance it will have to unseat Franken.
U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota has a GOP endorsement challenger who says he’s more conservative than the six-term incumbent congressman. David Gerson of South St. Paul kicked off his bid Monday at a state Capitol news conference.
Minnesota state Rep. Kurt Bills has jumped to an early lead in the race for U.S. Senate endorsement at the Republican State Convention.
Minnesota’s House speaker endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney days ahead of the state’s political caucuses where the former Massachusetts governor is aiming to duplicate his 2008 win.
One of the The biggest local political stories this week is the announcement by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann that she will run for re-election in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty met with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the Statehouse as he mulls a presidential bid and made his second swing into this early primary state.
Carlson touring state Monday for the Independence Party Candidate. Dave Lee talks to Arne Carlson on the WCCO Morning News:
Fridley State Senator Satveer Chaudhary has lost his effort to re-gain DFL endorsement for re-election.