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Three of eight Republican candidates who debated Friday night show different expressions. From left are Rep. Tom Emmer, former Rep. Bill Haas and Sen. David Hann. Don Davis/Forum Communications

GOP governor candidates seek votes

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ST. PAUL - Eight Minnesota Republican governor candidates agreed there is no need to raise taxes to fix the state budget deficit, but in front of 550 party activists Friday night each offered his own reason to get party support.


Friday night's debate preceded today's convention, a St Paul gathering of state Republican activists that would be routine except for a straw poll to determine who they like for governor 14 months before the next election.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.