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Tom Emmer to be Republican endorsed candidate for governor

Within minutes of results of the second ballot being announced, Marty Seifert stepped to the podium and said, “Elect Tom Emmer the next governor of Minnesota!’’

Rep. Tom Emmer and wife Jacquie listen to Rep. Marty Seifert's concession speech.
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Rep. Tom Emmer and wife Jacquie listen to Rep. Marty Seifert’s concession speech.

Within minutes of results of the second ballot being announced, Marty Seifert stepped to the podium and said, “Elect Tom Emmer the next governor of Minnesota!’’

The delegates cheered.

“Marty! Marty! Marty! Emmer! Emmer! Emmer!”

The second, and final, ballot showed Emmer moving up to 56 percent of the vote, with 60 percent neeed for endorsement. Seifert held at 43.8 per cent.

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Seifert had been the presumptive leader in this race for months, but throughout the winter months Emmer’s stock kept rising.

Seifert, who is only 38, said his political career is over.

“I will retire from the Legislature,” the Marshall representative said, “and go back to the city I love and the family I love.

Calling for unity, he left the podium.