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Tina Smith gestures toward Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday after he announced that she will be his running mate. Smith’s husband and two sons are behind her. Left, Tina Smith listens as Dayton announces that she will be his running mate in this year’s election. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

One Minnesota or all-Minneapolis ticket?

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Gov. Mark Dayton leads an all-Minnesota or all-Minneapolis Democratic ticket in the 2014 election campaign, depending on who is telling the story.


Tuesday’s announcement of Tina Smith as his running mate drew immediate criticism from Republicans and questions from political reporters accustomed to seeing attempts to geographically balance governor-lieutenant governor tickets.

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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.