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The race for governor in Minnesota provided the most visible nailbiter of Election Night, but incumbent Tim Pawlenty pulled out a re-election bid by just 22,000 votes over Attorney General Mike Hatch. Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson finished a distant third, but retained major-party status for the Independents.

But Pawlenty's second term looks to be significantly different with the loss of every other Republican in the executive branch and the DFL success in gaining control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Walt E. Brown (Quit Raising Taxes)

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The Money Race

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Tim Pawlenty $2,027,650
Mike Hatch $1,023,446
Peter Hutchinson $16,210
Becky Lourey $9,000

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Public education is traditionally a top issue for many Minnesota voters, and this year's election is no exception. (10/03/2006)
A new round of gubernatorial campaign ads takes aim at the candidates' tax policies, but some of the numbers fail to add up. (10/02/2006)
Moderators pressed the group to offer specific proposals for future road funding, education reform and the environment. But Mike Hatch and Tim Pawlenty mostly demurred. (09/27/2006)
The candidates have been making a lot of promises about new spending, from free college tuition to more cops on the street. (09/26/2006)
Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter John Vomhoff, Jr. with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, who monitored corporate campaign contributions in the state's gubernatorial race from January through August this year. (09/22/2006)
Three independent polls this week say the race for governor in Minnesota is essentially a dead heat between Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch. The top candidates' campaign managers talk about their strategy in the coming weeks. (09/22/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Political analysts say the race could hinge on which candidate sways the most undecided voters. (09/21/2006)
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Jacobs, Director of the Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, and the survey's chief author. (09/21/2006)
The major party candidates for governor squared off on Thursday for the first time since their primary victories earlier this week. Pawlenty and Hatch took shots at each other, largely ignoring the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson. (09/14/2006)
Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty, DFLer Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson will face off in the November election, and the barbs have already started. (09/13/2006)
DFLer Becky Lourey, Republican Sue Jeffers and the Independence Party's Pam Ellison say they have better positions on the issues than the three candidates they're challenging. (09/11/2006)
The proposal failed to pass the Legislature, and Pawlenty's political rivals say that's because it's a gimmick. (09/05/2006)
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson has raised a lot of money for a third-party candidate, but he's spent even more. (08/30/2006)
With a little more than two months before the November election, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a significant fundraising lead over his opponents. Pawlenty's campaign says the governor has $2 million in the bank, twice as much as his nearest rival, DFLer Mike Hatch. (08/29/2006)
DFL gubernatorial candidate Becky Lourey took her turn at the Humphrey Institute lectern Wednesday as part of the institute's series of Candidate Forums. Lourey, a state senator from Kerrick, is challenging DFL-endorsed candidate Mike Hatch in the Sept. 12 primary. (Midday, 08/25/2006)