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Tim Pawlenty's former Lt. Governor has endorsed ... Jeff Johnson

Quite the snub for the former governor.
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All's fair in love, war and politics and it's showing in the race for the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor.

While Tim Pawlenty's campaign has seen Keith Downey withdraw from the running, his fellow GOPer Jeff Johnson is going from strength-to-strength.

Johnson, who won the GOP precinct caucuses straw poll before Pawlenty announced, revealed on Friday that he has been endorsed by Carol Molnau.

This represents a coup for Johnson and quite the snub for Pawlenty, because Molnau was his Lieutenant Governor during his previous tenure at Minnesota's Governor.

"You are the person that can turn around all the damage that's been done [under Gov. Mark Dayton's leadership]," Molnau said in a video alongside Johnson posted before they gave a press conference on Friday.

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In the press conference, Molnau, who was Pawlenty's running mate in 2002 and 2006, referred to the Hennepin County Commissioner as "the most electable Republican."

"He really supports a lot of the philosophies and the views that I support," she said, adding that she hasn't thought about Pawlenty "at all."

Johnson has already criticized Pawlenty this campaign as they prepare for their primary battle, hitting the former governor for spending the past five years as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

He also highlighted Pawlenty's previous criticism of President Donald Trump, with Johnson pointing out that he was a supporter of Trump's policies well before his election in 2016.

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