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Dr. Scott Jensen wins GOP endorsement for Minnesota governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Scott Jensen spoke with Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls at the Minnesota GOP State Convention on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Dr. Scott Jensen has won the Minnesota GOP’s endorsement to challenge Democratic Gov. Tim Walz in the November election.

Jensen went over the top on the ninth ballot with 65% of the vote. Jensen led on the first two ballots, then regained the lead on the seventh ballot. Jensen’s comeback ended a surge by business executive Kendall Qualls, who fell to 33% on the final ballot after taking the lead on the fourth.

Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hann says he does not expect Jensen to face a serious challenge in the Aug. 9 primary.

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