Minnesota Governor Dayton Chases 2nd Term In Final Run
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democrat Mark Dayton is waiting to learn if Minnesota voters will rehire him as governor or give the job to Republican challenger Jeff Johnson.
It was the first time in a long political career that Dayton had asked to keep an elected job for more than one term. Voters have other choices in Tuesday's election, too, including the Independence Party's Hannah Nicollet.
Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, made political longevity an issue. He argued he'd be a more engaged governor and charged that Dayton is "just not up to the job anymore."
Dayton campaigned on an improving state economy and new investments in all-day kindergarten, college aid and publicly backed construction projects. At 67, the former U.S. senator and state auditor says it's his last run for office.