Governor Dayton pulls a card to decide who will get asked the first question.

Jeff Johnson campaign manager David Gaither pulled the high card for the first question.

 Jeff Johnson campaign manager David Gaither watched the debate from backstage.


Minnesota candidates for Governor Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL), Jeff Johnson (GOP) and Hannah Nicollet (IP)

Minnesota candidates for Governor Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL), Jeff Johnson (GOP) and Hannah Nicollet (IP)

Candidates were kept to a strict time limit in the hour-long debate.


Minnesota candidates for Governor Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL), Jeff Johnson (GOP) and Hannah Nicollet (IP)  shook hands at the conclusion of the first debate.