Gov. Dayton looks to re-election bid despite turbulent session


Gov. Mark Dayton told the Associated Press he will seek another term. "Good Lord willing, I'm running for re-election."

This would be Dayton's first political battle as an incumbent. He bowed out after a single term as state auditor and U.S. senator.

So far, no Republican challengers have officially announced a bid to unseat the first term Democrat, but Dayton expects a tough fight.

"I don't look forward to that, but I've been doing public service in Minnesota for most of the last 38 years," Dayton said. "People will know who I am and what I stand for, and they can agree or disagree."

Win or lose, Dayton says next year's campaign will be his last political race.

Dayton, 66, became a first-time grandfather last week and underwent spinal surgery at Mayo Clinic late last year. The AP notes the state has never had a governor in their 70s while still in office.

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