Republican Marty Seifert on Wednesday became the first Minnesota gubernatorial candidate to visit all of Minnesota's 87 counties.

Seifert completed the tour in northeastern Minnesota's Carlton County. Seifert, a former House Minority Leader in the state Legislature, pledged to span the state when he announced his candidacy in late 2013. He faces Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former House Speaker Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour in a four-way primary Aug. 12 for the nomination to run against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Seifert and his running mate, Rep. Pam Myhra, said they will continue to campaign across the state.

"From agriculture and energy in the south and west to mining and job creating in the north, transportation priorities in the metro, and health care costs statewide, Minnesotans are ready for a new leader with ideas, experience and vision to take the state's future in the right direction," Seifert said in a statement.

Seifert, from Marshall, is the only outstate candidate running in the primary. He received the endorsement last week from former Gov. Al Quie, the state's last GOP governor not from the Twin Cities.

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