Former State Representative Keith Downey vows to continue his campaign for governor, despite coming in well behind front-runner Jeff Johnson in the Republican straw poll at Tuesday night’s precinct caucuses. Downey, a former Minnesota Republican Party chair, notes candidates’ fortunes can change dramatically between caucus night and the party endorsing convention in early June. He notes that four years ago, Republican rival Johnson came in third with 15 percent in the caucus night straw poll, and went on to win the endorsement.”
The big unknown on the Republican side is whether former Governor Tim Pawlenty will jump into the race. Downey says his campaign has a strong message and they’ll stick to it regardless of Pawlenty’s decision.