Primary Election Day 2014

Jeff Johnson gives his victory speech at the campaign party at Digby's in Plymouth on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Caroline Yang / For MPR News
by Michael Olson, MPR News

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    Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert concedes with his supporters behind him Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Rounders Sports Bar in Mankato during his elections results party. (Alex Kolyer / For MPR News)

    Zellers "prepared" to help Johnson
    Catharine Richert, MPR News

    After coming in second place to Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in a hotly contested Republican primary for Governor, Maple Grove Rep. Zellers said low voter turnout prevented him from coming in first.

    “Low voter turnout hurt us more than anything,” Zellers said. “The party endorsement means something – it doesn’t mean quite what it used to – but I think that’s part of it.”

    Earlier this summer, Johnson won his party’s endorsement while Zellers decided to head directly to the primary.

    Zellers formerly served as Minnesota House Speaker and who ran on a pledge not to raise taxes. He said he never dreamed he be in the position of running for governor.

    “I never in my wildest dreams at all thought that after growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere North Dakota I’d be this close to running for governor of the great state of Minnesota,” Zellers said. “It’s humbling to be here.”

    Zellers said he was prepared to help Johnson defeat Dayton in the general election.

    “I’ll be happy to raise money, to recommend him to my family, co-workers, anyone who voted for me,” Zellers said. “I want to see Mark Dayton retired from politics.”

    Jeff Johnson campaign supporters celebrate at Digby's in Plymouth after the Associated Press announce Jeff Johnson's victory. (Caroline Yang / For MPR News)

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