DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats face a major challenge as they seek to keep Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in office — getting their supporters to show up at the polls. Republicans face the challenges of uniting the party after a fractured state convention and a potentially divisive primary campaign ahead.
Dayton and Franken were unopposed for the DFL Party's endorsement at their state convention, so they can focus on turnout in November.
But the GOP convention took 10 ballots to endorse investment banker Mike McFadden for Senate and four to back Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor. McFadden's win spares him a hard primary fight, but Johnson will face former state Rep. Marty Seifert, businessman Scott Honour and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers in the Aug. 12 primary.