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Republican governor candidate Jeff Johnson tells Minnesota Republican convention delegates that he can show humor during his campaign. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Jeff Johnson wins GOP governor nod

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A Minnesota Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is commissioner in the state's largest county became the party's endorsed candidate for governor Saturday night.


Jeff Johnson gained 1,386 votes to Marty Seifert's 118 after a controversial ending to the state party convention at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.