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The Latest: Swanson announces bid for Minnesota governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota’s governor’s race as Tuesday’s filing deadline approaches (all times local):

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is getting into the state’s crowded race for governor.

The announcement Monday marks a shift for the Democrat, who in January said she intended to seek a fourth term as attorney general rather than run for governor.

But she changed her mind after party activists at the state convention this weekend endorsed another candidate as attorney general who has criticized Swanson as too cautious.

The party endorsed state Rep. Erin Murphy for governor this weekend. Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is also in the race.

Swanson brings name recognition and a record of winning statewide elections to the governor’s race.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson clinched the Republican nod to run for governor, but Democrats expect they’ll face former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty in November.


Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has called a news conference amid speculation she will jump into the governor’s race at the last minute.

Swanson’s news conference was planned for 2 p.m. at a downtown Minneapolis hotel.

Swanson spokesman Ben Wogsland said over the weekend that she was considering her options after delegates to the Democratic state convention endorsed another candidate for attorney general. Swanson had passed up a run for governor earlier.

Her entry would add to a Democratic field that already includes state Rep. Erin Murphy and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Democrats endorsed Murphy over the weekend.


Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is ending her campaign for governor.

Otto, a Democrat, says in a Facebook post Monday that she came to the decision after dropping out of the endorsement race at this weekend’s Democratic state convention. Party activists ultimately endorsed state Rep. Erin Murphy for governor.

Murphy will have at least one challenger, state Rep. Tim Walz, in the August primary. Attorney General Lori Swanson is also considering a run after she wasn’t endorsed for a fourth term in that job.


Two people familiar with the discussions say Minnesota Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan to be her running mate in a possible last-minute entry into the governor’s race.

Two Democratic political operatives tell The Associated Press that Swanson approached Nolan about joining a campaign and he’s seriously considering. The operatives spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly comment.

Neither Swanson nor Nolan immediately responded to messages Monday.

Swanson lost the endorsement for a fourth term as attorney general at Saturday’s Democratic state convention. Spokesman Ben Wogsland said then that Swanson would weigh her options, including running for governor.

Democrats endorsed state Rep. Erin Murphy for governor. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has already filed to challenge her in the primary.


(Associated Press writer Kyle Potter contributed to this report.)

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