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October 17, 2022
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April 9, 2022
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kendall Qualls spoke to a college Republicans group at the University of St. Thomas.

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March 19, 2022
Sen. Michelle Benson arrived early at a GOP convention for Senate District 57 at Lakeville North High School to mingle with party activists.

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February 12, 2022
Former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, alongside his wife, Maralee, announced his campaign for governor in September.

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December 11, 2021
Dr. Scott Jensen smiled as he spoke to supporters before the start of a GOP gubernatorial debate on Dec. 7 in Wayzata.

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