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Former Nebraska Gov. Hasn’t Ruled Out Ricketts Challenge

The mayor of St. Paul is testing the waters for a Minnesota governor bid.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 19, 2016, 9:21 a.m.

ID GOV: When former state Sen. Russ Fulcher (R) “ran for gov­ernor in 2014, he car­ried the Re­pub­lic­an primary vote in Idaho’s most pop­u­lated counties. But he lost big in the Ma­gic Val­ley, and” Gov. Butch Ot­ter’s (R) “lop­sided mar­gins among south-cent­ral Idaho’s Re­pub­lic­ans helped to guar­an­tee his win. Fulcher … doesn’t want to run in­to the same prob­lem again.” (Ma­gic Val­ley Times-News)

MN GOV: St. Paul May­or Chris Cole­man (D), “who had con­sidered a gubernat­ori­al run in 2009, ap­pears to be at the very least test­ing the wa­ters again. … This time around, he has since filled his staff with vet­er­an polit­ic­al cam­paign­ers and DFL act­iv­ists and cour­ted fel­low DFL lead­ers such as Min­neapol­is May­or Betsy Hodges as al­lies.” (IN­FOR­UM)

NE GOV: Former Gov. Dave Heine­man (R) “has re­fused to com­pletely rule out” run­ning against Gov. Pete Rick­etts (R), “say­ing he would nev­er say nev­er. … [T]he Neb­raska Con­sti­tu­tion al­lows Heine­man to run again after sit­ting out a term. … [T]he two politi­cians have a less-than-cozy re­la­tion­ship.” Rick­etts “in­tends to seek a second term.” (Omaha World-Her­ald)

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