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)