ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The ballot for Minnesota governor is set, and the newly minted candidates are already looking to November. Rep. Tim Walz won a three-way Democratic primary Tuesday while Jeff Johnson pulled off an upset over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the Republican nomination. The pair traded niceties and some early jabs in a series of dueling press conferences to celebrate their victories on Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Tim Pawlenty had all the advantages in his effort to return to Minnesota's governor's mansion _ two prior terms, universal name recognition and the ability to attract big bucks. But he also carried some negatives, including a recent past as a big-dollar lobbyist in Washington. And Pawlenty's unwillingness to participate in the Republican Party's endorsement process may have hurt him with primary voters who proved unwilling to sign off on his coronation.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge has ruled Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson did not violate any laws when her office released a former aide's criminal record last week. The judge on Wednesday denied D'Andre Norman's request for a temporary restraining order against Swanson. Noman contended Swanson's office shared his record in retaliation for his saying she pressured staffers to do political work. Swanson denied the allegations. Swanson lost to Tim Walz in Tuesday's primary for the DFL nomination for governor.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota Democrat who is poised to become the first Somali-American in Congress says one of her top priorities will be resisting a Trump administration that's been unfriendly to Muslims. Ilhan Omar was elected to the state Legislature in 2016. On Tuesday, she won the Democratic primary for a House seat from the immigrant-rich Minneapolis area. She depended heavily on support from people who feel persecuted in Trump's America and voters who empathize with them.
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