Skip to main content

DFL endorses Murphy, GOP pick Johnson on a wild day in Minnesota politics

Party delegates selected their preferred candidates on Saturday.

Erin Murphy has received the backing of the Minnesota DFL, while Jeff Johnson has the support of state Republicans in this year's gubernatorial elections.

But Saturday's party conventions have left the race for governor just as unpredictable as before, despite both parties picking their chosen candidates.

That's because both Murphy, a state representative, and Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, now face tough primary battles in August to secure their candidacy.

Most of the drama on Saturday came in Rochester, where Murphy upset the odds by getting the endorsement ahead of U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

Walz was leading after the first round of voting, but as the rounds continued, and with state auditor Rebecca Otto dropping out, more delegates shifted their votes to Murphy, the St. Paul state politician whose campaign had built momentum in recent months on the back of some strong endorsements.

When it emerged that Murphy was the frontrunner, but still not with enough votes to reach the 60 percent needed for the endorsement, Walz and Otto combined to appeal for their supporters to vote for "no endorsement.'

It would have been the first time since 1958 the DFL hadn't endorsed a gubernatorial candidate at the convention, but the bid ultimately failed, leading to Walz withdrawing.

Walz, however, has confirmed he intends to fight for the candidacy in August's primaries.

Today's Top Stories

– Police officer found bleeding with self-inflicted gunshot wound.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

Meanwhile, in Duluth...

At the GOP convention in Duluth, proceedings ran a lot more smoothly except for the failure of the electronic balloting system, which meant paper ballots had to be used.

As expected, Johnson ran out the winner, giving himself a chance at another gubernatorial run, after losing to current Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.

But the specter of Tim Pawlenty loomed over proceedings, with Johnson knowing that they will have to face the former governor in an August primary.

Pawlenty skipped the convention, saying he entered the race too late to seek the endorsement, but intends to fight in the primaries.

After securing the endorsement, Johnson immediately turned his attentions to Pawlenty, about whom he's previously attacked for not fully supporting President Donald Trump, and has said his candidacy would make the November election a vote on Pawlenty.

Next Up

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.

ambulance

41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.

image

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

Related

Erin Murphy selects her running mate, and Republicans are happy

The 32 year old has rose to prominence in recent months.

Democrats takes control of the Minnesota House

It mirrored what happened at the national level.

Minnesota primaries 2018: The most intriguing battles to watch

Expect some tight races when voters select candidates next week.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

Lori Swanson loses DFL endorsement for attorney general

Her record on gun control counted against her, it seems.

Jeff Johnson shocks Pawlenty with GOP win, Tim Walz gets DFL nod

Johnson's victory was the biggest shock of the night.

Who got endorsements at the DFL, GOP conventions on Friday?

Endorsements were handed out to Senate candidates.