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Tim Walz wins governor's race, beating opponent Jeff Johnson

The Democratic congressman will succeed Gov. Mark Dayton next year.

It looks like Minnesota has picked its next governor.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has been projected by the Star Tribune and MPR News to win the 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial race. He'll become the state's 41st governor in January, replacing fellow Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton. 

He beat Republican Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, by a comfortable margin Tuesday night.

Currently a congressman representing Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, Walz decided not to seek reelection to the U.S. House in favor of a gubernatorial run back home.  

This was the second gubernatorial campaign in a row for Johnson, who ran against Gov. Dayton in 2014 and lost. 

The state's highest office came completely up for grabs this year as it was clear Gov. Dayton would not be seeking a third term. 

In his victory speech, Walz paid tribute to his opponent, and appeared to make a plea for bipartisanship, which was something he was known for during his time in Congress.

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