Secretary of State candidate Nguyen gets support of Republican state reps

Dennis Nguyen, owner of two Minneapolis financial firms, said Monday that he has support of 40 Republican state representatives in his bid for secretary of state.

Earlier, Nguyen had announced that he has 23 Republican state senators in his corner.

He’s seeking the Republican endorsement for the post; DFL incumbent Mark Ritchie is not seeking re-election to a third term.

There has been speculation that state Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, a former secretary of state who lost to Ritchie in 2006, might also make a run for the post.

On the DFL side, state Rep. Steve Simon and state Rep. Debra Hilstrom are running to replace Ritchie.

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