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Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson has emergency surgery

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Jeff Johnson, Republican candidate for governor, is hospitalized after undergoing emergency stomach surgery Monday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

According to a statement from his campaign, Johnson was experiencing abdominal pain early Monday morning and went to an urgent care center. Doctors there determined that Johnson would need surgery, so he was taken to Maple Grove Hospital.

Surgeons discovered "a small perforation in Jeff's stomach," according to the statement, and it was repaired.

The Star Tribune reports that Johnson is expected to remain in the hospital for about a week, according to a spokeswoman for Hennepin County.

Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, is the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor. But he faces three other candidates – former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and businessman Scott Honour – in the Aug. 12 primary. The winner of the primary will go on to face incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the November election.

According to the Star Tribune, Johnson's campaign activities for the next few days have been cancelled.

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