Republican candidates and activists filed into the National Sports Center in Blaine on Saturday to participate in a preliminary straw poll of candidates in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won the gubernatorial poll with 35 percent of the vote, and state Sen. Julianne Ortman won the U.S. Senate poll with 37 percent of the vote.
Scenes from the GOP straw poll
By: Briana Bierschbach
October 27, 2013
Bill Ingebrigtsen Brad Biers Dave Senjem Jeff Johnson Jim Abeler John Howe Julianne Ortman Mike McFadden Pat Shortridge Phil Krinkie politicsinminnesota Rhonda Sivarajah Scott Dutcher Scott Honour Tom Emmer Torrey Westrom 10:31 am Sun, October 27, 2013
U.S. Senate straw poll winner Julianne Ortman and her son, Sam, talk with 6th District candidate Phil Krinkie.
Possible gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen talks with Sen. Dave Senjem and former Sen. John Howe.
Last place gubernatorial straw poll finisher Scott Honour, a businessman for Orono, courts activists ahead of the survey.
U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden, who finished second in the straw poll, dressed more casually than the other candidates.
Rhonda Sivarajah, a GOP candidate for the 6th Congressional District, mingles with activists in Blaine on Saturday.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson following the news that he won the gubernatorial straw poll with 35 percent of the vote.
State Rep. Jim Abeler, who finished fifth in Saturday’s straw poll for U.S. Senate, shares a moment with activist Brad Biers.
Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, who is now running for the 6th Congressional District, works the crowd.
Former GOP Party Chairman Pat Shortridge huddles with activist and former legislative candidate Scott Dutcher and state Sen. Torrey Westrom, who is mulling a bid for the 7th Congressional District.