GOP candidates for Minnesota attorney general; the high price of gasoline

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Jim Schultz (left) and Doug Wardlow.
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A key statewide office on the ballot this fall is Attorney General, a job Minnesota Democrats have held since the early 1970s. Republicans believe they have a real chance to flip the office, but who will be their candidate? 

Last month at their state convention, the GOP endorsed political newcomer Jim Schultz. But before he can focus his campaign on unseating DFL incumbent Keith Ellison, he must deal with a primary challenge from the party’s 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow. 

This week, Politics Friday host Mike Mulcahy is joined by Minnesota GOP attorney general hopefuls Jim Schultz and Doug Wardlow. We’ll hear why each candidate thinks they are best for the job, how they plan to reverse the statewide losing streak for Republicans and why they believe they are most qualified to take on Ellison. We’ll learn why primary challenger Doug Wardlow is staying in the race despite his pledge to abide by the party’s endorsement. 

Mike talked with DFL Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is running for re-election, back in March.

Plus, industry experts expect gas prices to stay high for a while. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management professor Akshay Rao joins the show to discuss why prices went up, if they will continue to rise and how politics intersect with gas prices. 


  • Jim Schultz, Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota attorney general

  • Doug Wardlow, primary challenger

  • Professor Akshay Rao, General Mills Chair in Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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