Rochester, Minn. ( Associated Press) — All eyes were on the governor’s race when the Minnesota Republican called Friday To support a candidate to challenge the Democratic ruling government Tim Walz in the November election.
Dr. Scott Jensen, a vaccine skeptic and former state senator; Former Senate Majority Leader Gazalka, and outsider kendall qualls were among the top candidates attending the convention, where 2,200 delegates must complete their assignment by 6 p.m. Saturday to clear the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.
All gubernatorial candidates at the convention have resolved to respect the party’s support and relinquish the right to run in the August 9 GOP primary, assuming there is no deadlock. While there was a lot of merchandise on sale in the lobby declaring allegiance to former President Donald Trump Minnesota has not endorsed anyone in the race.
Also raced for support to take Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison on the convention agenda. and Secretary of State Steve Simon. Delegates made their first endorsement on Friday when they endorsed Ryan Wilson, who was unopposed in his bid to take on state auditor Julie Blaha. Representatives and party leaders are hoping that at least one of their candidates will become the first Republican elected to office statewide since Gov. Tim Pavlenti was re-elected in 2006.
Delegates got into a fight when state president David Hahn warned that using paper ballots, as some delegates had advocated for protection, ended the process when they agreed to use electronic voting. will be delayed and there will be a risk that the conference will end. End in time and failure without supporting the complete list of candidates.
The convention was expected to turn into a governor’s race on Saturday. Jensen was expected to lead in the first ballot, but requires 60% of delegates to gain support. Chaska’s family doctor started out early and raised the most money. He garnered a national following on social media as he framed his COVID-19 vaccine skepticism – and protests against mask mandates and school and business closures – as support for medical freedom.
Among other leaders, Gazelka, a state senator from East Gale Lake, is pushing for law and order in the wake of a rise in sometimes violent unrest and crime following the police killing of George Floyd. in 2020. Qualls, who is Black, has outlined his rise from poverty to success and his outlandish status. He raised nearly $468,000 in the first three months of the year, the highest first quarter for any candidate. Also seeking support are former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, dermatologist Neil Shah and Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy.
In Friday’s first contested race, Kim Crockett received support for Secretary of State after Kelly Jahner-Byrne was out on the second ballot.
Friday evening was the race for attorney general, an office the Minnesota Republican has not won since 1968. Former MLA Doug Wardlow, who is making his second run for the job After losing to Alison by less than 4 percentage points in 2018, MyPillow has general counsel. He worked in a crowd with his CEO, Mike Lindell, who has risen to national prominence to perpetuate the false claim that Trump won the 2020 election.
Former Washington County judge, former Hennepin County commissioner and former legislator Tad Judd was also seeking to become the state’s top attorney; business attorney Jim SchultzFormer legislator Dennis Smith and Second Amendment attorney Lynn Torgerson.