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Coleman decision a ‘game-changer,’ Seifert tells hometown paper

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert — who had to be brimming with relief after Norm Coleman’s weekend announcement — told his hometown paper that the former U.S. senator’s decision not to run for governor brings “clarity” to the race.

“It brings clarity, which was needed,” Seifert told the Marshall Independent. “For the last month, month-and-a-half there has been a wide amount of discussion on whether he will run or not, so our message is that it brings clarity to this race.”

He told the paper that the landscape has changed because Coleman would’ve been a “game-changer” in the race.

“We weren’t sure what to expect,” Seifert said. “We weren’t sure what he was going to do, so we just waited to see what his plan was.

“If he would’ve went to primary, it would’ve cost an enormous amount of resources and I think we have a great shot at winning the Republican Convention vote,” added Seifert, who finished first out of nine candidates at the Republican Party of Minnesota gubernatorial straw poll in October. “We’ll keep moving forward with our message and campaign.”

Seifert is a seven-term member of the state House of Representatives from Marshall. His early fundraising and connections with Republican convention delegates have led some to call him the front-runner in the GOP endorsement race.

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