MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Republicans pick candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.
The GOP races will determine challengers to Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken, both of whom are in search of second terms after narrowly winning their first ones.
Democrats have a contested primary for state auditor that pits an incumbent against a well-known rival.
Two prominent state House members, one from each party, were in jeopardy.
The top congressional primary was in the 6th District, where two Republicans were jockeying to become the fall front-runner to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.