Rep. Erin Murphy captures DFL endorsement for Minnesota governor
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KMSP) - It was a rollercoaster evening for democrats down in Rochester, Minnesota, as they took six rounds to select Representative Erin Murphy as their endorsement for the state's top office.
But Saturday's endorsement doesn't mean Murphy will be alone on the ballot in August.
Day Two of the DFL convention brought an endorsement for Minnesota Governor.
After several rounds of voting, Erin Murphy clinched the support of the democratic party. She won by acclamation, which is overwhelming vocal support.
It was a day filled with a lot of ups and downs. Before voting began, delegates heard from all three candidates. After the second ballot, State Auditor Rebecca Otto pulled out.
That left Murphy and U.S. Representative Tim Walz in the race.
After a few hours of voting, Murphy came out on top. As delegates approached a seventh ballot, Murphy led with 58 percent of the vote, and Tim Walz had over two percent of the vote in the race to clinch the democratic endorsement for governor.
Murphy is a former nurse who has made health care the cornerstone of her campaign. Throughout the day, Murphy supporters could be heard chanting, “fight with me.”
As Murphy accepted the nomination, she thanked the delegates.
“I believe in this kind of politics, the kind that improves our lives [...] together we are unstoppable," Rep. Murphy said.
Rep. Tim Walz still has plans to run in the primary. Otto stated that she’s going to take time this weekend to figure out her next course of action.
Democrats also moving to endorse attorney Matt Pelikan for Attorney General after 11-year-incumbent Lori Swanson dropped out of the race following a close first round of balloting.
Swanson's spokesman said she is now considering her options, including running for Attorney General anyway in the primary, or changing things up and running for governor in the primary.