MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Gov. Tim Walz has denounced Minnesota Republican leaders for refusing to clearly say the presidential election was free and fair.

The Democratic governor also disclosed that troopers had to take his crying 14-year-old son to safety last Wednesday during a ``Storm the Capitol'' protest in St. Paul, which later shifted to the governor's residence.

That rally coincided with the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. The two top Republicans in the Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, both agreed Joe Biden won.

But they stopped short of rejecting claims that the election was rigged.