Minnesota gubernatorial candidates campaign in Rochester

It's crunch time for the candidates, as the primary election is only two weeks away on Aug. 14.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 11:13 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Candidates vying for the Minnesota Governor's seat made stops in Rochester on Tuesday.

DFL-endorsed Erin Murphy as well as Republican candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty spent the day campaigning.

The Minnesota Primary Election is only two weeks away, on Aug. 14.

Murphy announced her "Our Promise Education Agenda," a commitment to an education system that supports all Minnesota kids and builds on Gov. Mark Dayton's legacy.

"It's important that we focus on equity and education," Murphy said, "and we know in Minnesota, that we're the second-most unequal state when it comes to education. As the governor, I want to continue the work and close the opportunity gap for every child in our schools."

Murphy comes into the race not only with the DFL endorsement, but also the support of current Gov. Dayton.

"I have no doubt she will be a fabulous governor for the state of Minnesota," Dayton said.

She knows she'll have to keep a close eye on Rochester.

"People are moving to this community," Murphy said. "Making sure we have enough housing, making sure there's the training in the workforce, that we need to fill the jobs that are coming to this part of the state, and it's a good problem to have."

Pawlenty visited the University of Minnesota Rochester, and met with students.

The former governor knows the landscape Rochester has to offer as home to Mayo Clinic, but also sees technical and trade schools as viable options for Minnesotans.

"So it is critically important, it is strategically important, it is morally important, it is economically important that we get as many as our citizens in Minnesota and in the country as educated and as skilled as possible," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty's running mate is current Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach.

Some of the points on their platform include bringing tax relief to middle-income Minnesotans, not taxing social security benefits, and bringing down health care premiums.

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 542053

Reported Deaths: 7035
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Hennepin1129221671
Ramsey46808847
Dakota41281414
Anoka37372413
Washington24322273
Stearns20596216
St. Louis16440296
Scott15511116
Wright14374124
Olmsted1258796
Sherburne1026779
Carver950443
Clay765889
Rice7432101
Blue Earth679340
Kandiyohi620379
Crow Wing594086
Chisago537648
Otter Tail533173
Benton520296
Mower446532
Winona435349
Douglas433270
Goodhue431271
Nobles396648
Morrison384559
McLeod382354
Beltrami366257
Isanti362259
Polk359166
Itasca358251
Steele348914
Becker345848
Lyon342648
Carlton323352
Freeborn320129
Pine306021
Nicollet299842
Brown290639
Mille Lacs271248
Le Sueur265422
Todd265430
Cass242426
Meeker228037
Waseca226820
Martin209629
Wabasha19793
Roseau194118
Dodge16824
Renville168043
Hubbard167841
Redwood163735
Houston161814
Cottonwood151820
Fillmore15069
Pennington148519
Chippewa143736
Faribault141719
Wadena140021
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Kanabec125821
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Pipestone107425
Murray10149
Pope9926
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Marshall84017
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Wilkin75612
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Reported Deaths: 5797
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Scott18724234
Black Hawk15464306
Woodbury14787219
Johnson1386780
Dubuque13033202
Dallas1082296
Pottawattamie10621160
Story1024747
Warren548486
Clinton531189
Cerro Gordo519386
Webster505991
Sioux502973
Marshall476274
Muscatine454996
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Wapello4246120
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Jasper406370
Plymouth393979
Lee366755
Marion353975
Jones292055
Henry285337
Bremer278260
Carroll277850
Crawford261139
Boone256431
Benton248955
Washington247849
Dickinson238743
Mahaska223349
Jackson217142
Kossuth211461
Clay208325
Tama206371
Delaware201039
Winneshiek192633
Page189020
Buchanan187331
Cedar182623
Fayette182641
Wright178735
Hardin178642
Hamilton177049
Harrison174673
Clayton165455
Butler161834
Mills157320
Cherokee156438
Floyd154542
Lyon153541
Poweshiek152133
Madison152019
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Hancock142734
Winnebago135331
Grundy134732
Cass133954
Calhoun133011
Jefferson130535
Emmet127140
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Louisa126149
Appanoose125847
Sac125719
Mitchell125241
Union123732
Chickasaw122015
Humboldt117926
Guthrie116728
Franklin112421
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Montgomery99737
Clarke98023
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Adair84032
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Davis79824
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Taylor65012
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Adams3264
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