Dr. Scott Jensen wins GOP endorsement for Governor of Minnesota | Health, medicine and fitness

By Steve Karnosky – The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, MN (AP) – Dr. Scott Jensen, skeptical of the government’s response to COVID-19, won the support of the Minnesota Republican Party after a road trip Saturday to challenge him Democratic Governor Tim Walz In the November elections, she overtook the top on the ninth ballot with 65% of the vote.

Jensen, the former state senator who led the first two ballots, regained the lead on the seventh ballot with 59%, just below the 60% needed to demand support, once Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy backed him after his elimination on the sixth ballot.

“Game over,” Jensen told delegates, accompanied by his fellow run-in, Former Minnesota Viking and Baltimore Raven Matt Burke, who used frequent football metaphors to get their fans excited.

Jensen’s comeback ended a boom before Business Director Kendall Koals, which fell to 33% on the last ballot after leading in the fourth ballot. But Jensen hit a bump in the road when Coles, who was trying to become Minnesota’s first black governor, told delegates that Murphy had wrongly claimed that Coles had offered to make Murphy his running mate, and then backed out.

This claim infuriated some Qualls delegates and forced them to take two additional ballots. And Coles apparently did not appear on stage with Jensen at the traditional show of party unity, ending the convention on a note of discord.

But Qualls and most of the other candidates pledged to honor the party’s endorsement and relinquish the right to run in the August 9 Republican primary, and Head of State David Hahn told reporters he did not expect Jensen to face a serious challenge. Former President Donald Trump, Still an influential force within the party, No one has endorsed the Minnesota races.

“Minnesota Republicans have chosen the most extreme and dangerous candidate to lead their party this fall,” Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement. “Just in the past two weeks, Scott Jensen has promised to ban abortion for rape victims and put one of his political opponents in prison. Minnesota residents want their leaders to focus on helping working families, but Scott Jensen is only interested in his far-right political agenda.”

Jensen, who came to the convention as the presumptive front-runner, admitted he was nervous when he was left behind for four consecutive ballots.

“But what made me more nervous was that I had no idea what was going to happen next,” Jensen said. “And you know, as a doctor, the last thing you want is to be in a situation where you can’t control the situation. So it was a wild ride. I wouldn’t make any bones about it.”

The 2,100 delegates were aiming to complete their work by the 6 p.m. deadline Saturday to vacate the Rochester Mayo Civic Center, but Relatively fast and smooth online voting process on Friday Reduced the chances of running out of time and leaving without consent. Delegates and party leaders hope that at least one of their candidates will become The first Republican elected to office at the state level Since the re-election of Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2006.

Jensen, the family doctor from Chaska, got his first start in the race and made the most money. He has built a following nationwide as he frames his doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine — and his opposition to masking mandates and closing schools and businesses — as support for medical freedom. In his speech, he emphasized his efforts as a state senator to stand up against the Wales administration’s handling of the pandemic.

“Everyone in this room somewhat understood that Tim Walz had failed. He did. But who would step forward? Who would serve for the benefit, security, and protection of all people? Who would help Minnesota find its way again to be the shining and shining Star of the North?” he asked. Jensen in a video before his speech. “The answer is you.”

Jensen was repeatedly accompanied on stage by Burke, who reminded delegates that he declined to visit the White House after the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl victory due to President Barack Obama’s support for abortion rights.

Qualls highlighted his rise from poverty, to going to college, to becoming an army officer and business leader. His life, he said, is testimony to the failure of the Democrats’ agenda and shows that the American dream is still alive.

“The Radical Left thinks I shouldn’t be here. The media doesn’t think I should be here. Tim Walz wishes I wasn’t here at all,” Coles said to loud applause. black, that we are not black, and we did not vote for him. Well, after Donald J. Trump voted for president – both times – and I’m still black. And I’m still a Republican. And I’d be Joe Biden and Tim Walz’s worst nightmare.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelica, Senator from East Gall Lake who emphasized his support for law enforcement, withdrew after the third ballot and gave his support to Qualls. Senator Michael Benson, from Hamm Lake, from He was a candidate but dropped out Prior to the conference, he joined forces with Gazelka in supporting the Qualls.

However, it was not clear on Saturday whether Jensen would survive a serious initial challenge. Former Hennepin County Mayor Rich Stanek, who was seeking endorsement, was sidelined by a recent car accident, skipped the agreement while recovering and did not announce a decision. Hahn admitted that he has not spoken recently with the Stanek campaign.

“Rich and his campaign team are evaluating all options going forward to defeat the Wales in November,” his campaign said in a statement on Saturday.

Friday night, endorse the conference Business attorney Jim Schultz to the Attorney General, an office that Minnesota Republicans have not won since 1968. He hopes to oust current President Keith Ellison, The former congressman who led the prosecution team Which won the conviction of former officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of Floyd.

defeat Schultz Doug Wardlow, party nominee for 2018 He is a general counsel at MyPillow. That company’s CEO, Mike Lindell, rose to national prominence perpetuating the false claim that Trump won the 2020 election. Former Washington District Judge Tad Judd and attorney Lynn Torgerson also lost. Former lawmaker Dennis Smith plans to challenge Schultz in the Republican primary.

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