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
- Jeff Johnson wins GOP Gov. nomination
- Mike McFadden wins GOP Sen. nomination
- DFLer Kahn, GOPer Loon fend off legislative challenges
- Otto wins DFL Auditor nomination
- Jim Hagedorn defeated the Republican endorsee in MN-01
- Tom Emmer wins GOP nod in MN-06
- Mike Obermueller wins DFL nod in MN-02
- Latest results
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3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
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.”