Race tightens as Minnesota Republican Party picks gubernatorial candidate | Health, medicine and fitness

By Steve Karnosky – The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, MN (AP) – Minnesota Republicans gathered again Saturday to endorse an appeal candidate Democratic Governor Tim Walz In the November elections, three candidates were tightly mobilized after three ballots.

Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy took a slim lead with 31.79% of the vote after dermatologist Neil Shah pulled out and cast his support. Dr. Scott Jensena vaccine skeptic and former state senator who led in the first two ballots, got 31.45%, followed by the business CEO Kendall Calls In third place with 30.45%. Former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelica He was forced to withdraw after approval fell to 6%. The candidate needs 60% to win the endorsement.

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All have pledged to honor the party’s endorsement and relinquish the right to run in the August 9 Republican primary, assuming there is no dead end. Former President Donald Trump, who remains an influential force within the party, has not endorsed anyone in the Minnesota races.

The 2,200 delegates had to complete their work by the 6 p.m. deadline Saturday to vacate the Rochester Mayo Civic Center, but Relatively fast and smooth online voting process on Friday It seems to reduce the chances of running out of time and leaving without consent. Delegates and party leaders hope that at least one of their candidates will become The first Republican elected to office at the state level Since the re-election of Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2006.

Jensen, the family doctor from Chaska, got his first start in the race and made the most money. He has built a following nationwide as he frames his doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine — and his opposition to masking mandates and closing schools and businesses — as support for medical freedom. In his speech, he emphasized his efforts as a state senator to stand up against the Wales administration’s handling of the pandemic.

“Everyone in this room somewhat understood that Tim Walz had failed. He did. But who would step forward? Who would serve for the benefit, security, and protection of all people? Who would help Minnesota find the way back to be the shining and shining star of the North?” he asked. Jensen in a video preceding his speech, “The answer is you.”

Qualls highlighted his rise from poverty, to going to college, to becoming an army officer and business leader. His life, he said, is testimony to the failure of the Democrats’ agenda and shows that the American dream is still alive.

“The Radical Left thinks I shouldn’t be here. The media doesn’t think I should be here. Tim Walz wishes I wasn’t here at all,” Coles said to loud applause. black, that we are not black, and we did not vote for him. Well, after Donald J. Trump voted for president – both times – and I’m still black. And I’m still a Republican. And I’d be Joe Biden and Tim Walz’s worst nightmare.”

Gazelka, an East Gall Lake senator who emphasized his support for law enforcement, lent his support to Coles, as did Senator Michael Benson, of Hamm Lake, who was a candidate but withdrew before the convention.

Murphy, the mayor of Lexington, a small suburb northwest of Minneapolis, has criticized Wales for his handling of the pandemic and the sometimes devastating unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020.

“When we shut down Walz, locked us out of our churches and hid our kids, I banned it in my city and shut it down by making my community a healthy freedom haven, free of all COVID bullshit,” Murphy said. “When Wales and (President Joe) Biden attacked the Second Amendment, I defended him in my community by declaring my city a second Amendment sanctuary and I will do it for the state.”

On Friday night’s fourth ballot, the Congress endorsed Business attorney Jim Schultz to the Attorney General, an office that Minnesota Republicans have not won since 1968. He hopes to oust current President Keith Ellison, The former congressman who led the prosecution team Which won the conviction of former officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of Floyd.

defeat Schultz Doug Wardlow, party nominee for 2018 He is a general counsel at MyPillow. That company’s CEO, Mike Lindell, rose to national prominence perpetuating the false claim that Trump won the 2020 election. Former Washington District Judge Tad Judd and attorney Lynn Torgerson also lost. Former lawmaker Dennis Smith plans to challenge Schultz in the Republican primary.

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