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Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert, right, raises the arm of fellow candidate Tom Emmer after Seifert threw his support to Emmer on Friday in Minneapolis. Associated Press

Emmer snags GOP backing for Minnesota governor's race

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MINNEAPOLIS - Conservative political activists know Tom Emmer, but as the Republican candidate for governor, he now plans to introduce himself to a wider audience.


"This is where it all begins," Emmer shouted to nearly 2,000 Minnesota Republican convention delegates late Friday afternoon, moments after he gained the party's endorsement.

Emmer's victory over fellow state Rep. Marty Seifert came stunningly quickly, after the convention's second ballot showed Emmer with

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