MN GOP Convention kicked off in Rochester; three endorsements made

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:56 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Minnesota GOP Convention is happening now in Rochester.

Around 3,300 people are gathering at the Mayo Civic Center. Many eyes are glued on the governor’s race as Minnesota Republicans are convening to endorse a candidate to challenge Governor Tim Walz in the November general elections. Governor Walz is a democrat.

The 2,200 Republican delegates will have to get their work done by Saturday evening. The gubernatorial candidates at the convention have pledged to honor the party’s endorsement and forego the right to run in the August 9 GOP primary, assuming there’s no deadlock.

Kim Crockett, Jim Schultz, & Ryan Wilson
Kim Crockett, Jim Schultz, & Ryan Wilson(KTTC)

Delegates made their first endorsements Friday:

  • Ryan Wilson for State Auditor.
  • Kim Crockett for Secretary of State.
  • Jim Schultz for Attorney General.

A few delegates shared what issues they hope candidates will address if elected in November.

“Public safety. I think that it’s something that cuts across all demographics,” said Jason Franzen.

“I’m more focused on just general liberty. And I feel like there’s just been a lot of serious lack of that in politics in the last few years,” said Brian Rule.“Freedom of movement. Freedom of choice, freedom of just, freedom.”

“What first got me involved was mask mandates and forced jabs and that we as people should be able to decide for ourselves what we have in our freedom,” said Nurse Anna.

The convention resumes Saturday where delegates will vote on their pick for governor.

Candidates have to receive at least 60 percent of the delegates’ votes to be the endorsed candidate.

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