Though Minnesota is not technically a convention state, most candidates abide by the pre-primary delegate endorsement process. State Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) said yesterday, however, that she will take the campaign to a primary regardless of the convention outcome. The action suggests she believes the party regulars will back 2016 nominee Jim Hagedorn, who scored 49.7% of the vote against Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato).
With Mr. Walz running for Governor, the 1st District is attracting a great deal of attention from both parties considering the closeness of the last campaign. Therefore, it is likely we will see an August 14th Republican primary after the June endorsement convention. Democrats have seven announced candidates, but their nomination will likely be earned at the state convention. The early general election rating is a toss-up.
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