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Emmer wins GOP primary for Minnesota governor

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ST. PAUL - State Rep. Tom Emmer has coasted to victory in Minnesota's Republican primary for governor.

Emmer's win Tuesday never was in doubt. But polls have shown him trailing any of three Democrats he could face in November as he tries to extend Republicans' eight-year hold on the governor's office.

Emmer faced his stiffest GOP opposition in April, winning his party's endorsement over a fellow House member a day after receiving Sarah Palin's endorsement.

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