ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republicans and Democrats will be holding overlapping state conventions to back candidates for major offices on the 2014 ballot.
Both parties have chosen the final weekend in May for their statewide endorsing conventions. Republicans said Tuesday they would be meeting in Rochester. The Democrats previously locked in a venue in Duluth.
The drama will be in Rochester. Republicans are split over whom to back for governor and U.S. Senate. The endorsed candidates, if party activists can coalesce, are likely to face August primary challengers anyway.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken face no real competition from within their party as they ramp up re-election campaigns.
Scheduling was a challenge because the legislative session could be wrapping up by mid-May. The prior weekend covers the Memorial Day holiday.