Daudt To Decide by Early Fall

Walz is running a moderate campaign.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 5, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

State Speak­er Kurt Daudt (R) “said he’ll make a de­cision about the race either by the end of sum­mer or early fall.”

Daudt: “I kind of de­cided to my­self that I wasn’t go­ing to [run], and now I’m back to kind of think­ing about it.”

“Daudt said his mind changed about the race after he saw that oth­er can­did­ates wer­en’t catch­ing steam. He also de­scribed the end of the last le­gis­lat­ive ses­sion as a ‘suc­cess,’ des­pite the cur­rent leg­al dis­pute between le­gis­lat­ive lead­ers and Gov. Mark Dayton (D).” (WCCO)

RUN UP THE MIDDLE. Rep. Tim Walz (D) “is a kind of en­dangered polit­ic­al spe­cies: the rur­al Demo­crat. He was re-elec­ted to Con­gress only nar­rowly last year, as Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump car­ried every county but one in Walz’s home turf of south­ern Min­nesota’s First Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

“Min­nesota Demo­crats who watched, aghast, as Re­pub­lic­an red en­gulfed most of the state’s elect­or­al map last Novem­ber are look­ing for can­did­ates who can win rur­al voters back to the fold. … But first, Walz, 53, needs to build sup­port among DFLers in the Twin Cit­ies, where the party draws much of its strength and where act­iv­ists have less per­son­al ex­per­i­ence with him than oth­ers in the party’s crowded field for gov­ernor.”

Walz: “Do you really want the per­son who’s ri­gidly op­posed across the way? I’m go­ing to find out.” (Min­neapol­is Star Tribune)


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