In November, veteran Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) survived one of the closest re-election battles in the country with a scant 50.3% of the vote. Now, he is openly considering entering the 2018 open Governor’s race. Already in the Democratic field of candidates are state Auditor Rebecca Otto, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and state Rep. Erin Murphy. Potential candidates include Mr. Walz’s congressional colleague Rick Nolan (D-Crosby/ Duluth), Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is ineligible to seek a third term. Democrats are favored to hold this office in the general election.
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