GOP House Speaker Daudt picks Walker in presidential race

Gov. Scott Walker in Iowa
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a town hall meeting, Friday, July 17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall | AP file

The highest-ranking Minnesota Republican is throwing his support behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt was announced Thursday night as chairman of Walker's Minnesota efforts.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Daudt hailed the second-term governor as a "reform-minded leader who isn't afraid to identify problems and fight for solutions." He also cited Walker's win during a recall election spurred by his move to curb organized labor.

Walker says Daudt will help spread a conservative message across Minnesota, which holds its presidential caucuses in March.

Walker visited Minnesota in April, taking time to meet with Daudt and other legislative Republicans.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign announced last week that its Minnesota chairman would be Jeff Johnson, who was the GOP's 2014 nominee for governor.

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