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Johnson draws fire as GOP's governor primary nears

August 7, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jeff Johnson has become the punching bag in the Minnesota Republican primary for governor — and he's just fine with that.

The Hennepin County commissioner is increasingly catching flak from three competitors. Johnson takes it as a sign he's out front in a race that has gone months without a clear favorite. Tuesday's primary winner will face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November's election.

Many people, including the candidates, predict a small turnout in the party's first competitive statewide primary in 20 years.

The latest Johnson critique came from former House Speaker Kurt Zellers over Johnson's willingness to alter the sales tax to cover more items though at a lower tax rate. Zellers says it's the "same tired ideas" of Dayton. Johnson insists any such change would be revenue neutral.



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