Meet three Republican candidates for Minnesota governor

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Sen. Michelle Benson, Sen. Paul Gazelka and Kendall Qualls join MPR News politics editor Mike Mulcahy to talk about running for governor of Minnesota.
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A month before the Republican convention in Minnesota, none of the Republican candidates for governor has a lock on the endorsement to challenge DFL Gov. Tim Walz in November. 

There’s a lot of overlap in the Republican candidates’ messages, including criticism of how Gov. Walz has handled the pandemic, crime and education. Where do the candidates agree and where do they differ?

MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy talks with three Republican candidates as part of the Politics Friday candidate series.  

Plus, listen to a conversation with Domenico Montanaro, NPR Senior Political Editor from a live virtual event on MPR Connects


  • Sen. Paul Gazelka is a Republican candidate for governor.

  • Kendall Qualls is a Republican candidate for governor.

  • Sen. Michell Benson is a Republican candidate for governor. 

  • Domenico Montanaro is NPR’s senior political editor.

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