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The three Minnesota Republican governor candidates who served in the state House pause Tuesday, after they participated in a candidate forum at Farmfest in Redwood Falls. From left are Marty Seifert, Kurt Zellers and Jeff Johnson. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

A Farmfest debate: GOP candidates play up rural differences

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By Don Davis / Forum News Service

Four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor struggled to point out differences among themselves to more than 1,000 farmers and agribusiness workers at a Farmfest forum Tuesday, but had no problem criticizing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for skipping the event.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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