Benson enters 2022 governor's race, Gazelka takes step toward joining GOP primary

The 2022 Republican primary for Minnesota governor accelerated Wednesday as state Sen. Michelle Benson joined the race and fellow GOP Sen. Paul Gazelka resigned as Senate majority leader in a precursor to launching his own campaign.Benson held her campaign kickoff at Master Machine in Blaine, where she predicted that she would emerge from a crowded GOP primary to face DFL Gov. Tim Walz, who appears certain to run for re-election.