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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

MN Republicans Back Jim Schultz for Attorney General

First-time candidate Jim Schultz won the Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsement for state attorney general on Friday after a dramatic see-saw support battle.

Schultz earned support after returning three ballots to defeat 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow during the Republican Party of Minnesota’s state convention in Rochester.

The current Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 and is seeking re-election. Ellison is also expected to have the support of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party at his convention in Rochester next week.

“The fight against Keith Ellison starts tomorrow,” Schultz called Ellison “radical” as he accepted the nomination.

Despite support, a Republican primary appeared inevitable, as the third candidate, former state lawmaker Dennis Smith, refused to attend the convention in favor of advancing directly to the August 9 primaries. Also, Wardlow did not explicitly say that he was ending his campaign, nor did he support Schultz.

Had Wardlow won support, it would have likely led to a rematch between him and Ellison in the November general election, which squared off in 2018. Ellison won that race by the narrowest margin of any Democrat — a point Wardlow underlined as he fought for delegates on Friday. ,

While he is a first-time candidate, Schultz, a Minnesota native and lawyer, had earned respect within party worker circles for his efforts at party organizing and for taking time out for his own campaign.

In the first ballot – featuring four candidates – Wardlow took the lead with 42 percent of the vote, about 34 percent of Schultz’s vote. Retired Judge Tad Judd had nearly 20 percent of the vote, making him a potential kingmaker. After Schultz is fielded on the second ballot, Judd announces that he is endorsing Schultz.

On the third ballot, Schultz was within a few percentage points of the 60 percent needed to garner support. Before the fourth ballot, Wardlow accepted.

Legally speaking, there is no point in supporting the party. Candidates still have until May 31 to register their names on the August 9 primary ballots. The primary winners will face each other in the November 8 general election.

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