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

Endorsements were handed out to Senate candidates.
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Minnesota's political world descended on Duluth and Rochester on Friday as the state DFL and GOP conventions got underway.

Democrat delegates traveled to Rochester for their event, with Republicans heading north for theirs.

The main decision making on Friday was about endorsing candidates for the not one, but two U.S. Senate elections happening this November.

The conventions continue on Saturday, when party members will decide who will get the all-important nod for this year's Minnesota governor race, as well as endorsements for attorney general and state auditor.

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While an endorsement from the party gives candidates a boost, it doesn't mean they're a shoo-in for the nomination – that's decided during the primaries this August.

Here are the main results from Friday:

U.S. Senate Race #1

DFL: Incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar easily got the endorsement for re-election to her seat, which she is the odds-on favorite to retain.

GOP: State Rep. Jim Newberger got the GOP endorsement to run against Klobuchar.

U.S. Senate Race #2

DFL: Interim incumbent Sen. Tina Smith received the endorsement with 74.5 percent of the vote ahead of Richard Painter, who intends to challenge her in the August primary.

GOP: State Sen. Karin Housley, who represents the St. Croix River Valley, got the Republican endorsement with 75 percent of the vote.

Secretary of State

DFL: Current SoS Steve Simon received the DFL endorsement shortly into Friday's proceedings.

GOP: Is selecting its endorsed candidate on Saturday.

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