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GOP gubernatorial candidate Dave Thompson picks Senate colleague Michelle Benson as his running mate

Both are second-term state senators, Thompson from Dakota County and Benson from Ham Lake.

State Sen. Dave Thompson, one of many Republicans seeking the party endorsement to run against Gov. Mark Dayton, has selected state Sen. Michelle Benson as his running mate.

On his Facebook page, Thompson says: “I’d like to introduce all of you to my new running mate, and the next Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota: Senator Michelle Benson!”

Thompson, first elected in 2010, is from Lakeville; Benson, also first elected in 2010, is from Ham Lake.