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Governor candidates test campaign themes in first GOP debate

Republican candidates Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, Orono businessman Scott Honour, state Sen. Dave Thompson and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers gathered in front of about 150 Republicans packed into the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View Thursday night. While the candidates’ positions on issues rarely diverged significantly, each one spent the night testing out campaign slogans, themes and personal tidbits on the GOP crowd.

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GOP 2014: No endorsement, no problem?

The first Republican to launch a campaign for Minnesota governor in 2014 immediately changed the dynamics for all other candidates who would follow him. In April, Orono businessman Scott Honour became the first candidate openly seeking the office, promising to bring an outsider’s perspective to the job.

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GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen considering a run for governor

Ingebrigtsen, first elected to his Alexandria-area Senate seat in 2006, says he's been getting encouragement from supporters to run for the state's highest office and plans to make his decision final in "a month or a month and a half." He would join a growing field of GOP candidates seeking the office, including Rep. Kurt Zellers, Sen. Dave Thompson, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and Orono businessman Scott Honour.

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Rosen weighs run for governor’s office

One potential 800-pound gorilla in the Republican field for Minnesota governor hasn’t even officially thrown her hat in the ring yet: state Sen. Julie Rosen, the four-term lawmaker from Fairmont who was the face of 2012’s successful legislative push for a new Vikings stadium.

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Republican Sen. Dave Thompson launches 2014 campaign for governor

Thompson was surrounded by his family in St. Paul as he announced his campaign, before making stops in Duluth and his hometown of Lakeville. The attorney and former talk show host filed his campaign paperwork earlier this week and joins Republican Rep. Kurt Zellers, Wayzata businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in race to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

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