The gloves come off in the governor's race after Republicans learn that Democrat Mark Dayton is their opponent.
The Democrats held a unity rally in which they criticized Tom Emmer for being out of touch with the state.
The MNGOP released an ad ripping Dayton.
IP candidate Tom Horner says he's the man in the middle.
KSTP fact checks the GOP ad and gives it an A-.
ABC News says Minnesota's governor's race is a test case for corporate spending after the Citizens United ruling.
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In Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Shelley Madore upset the DFL endorsed candidate, Dan Powers. Madore will now face GOP Rep. John Kline.
Republicans picked Lee Byberg to challenge DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.
Peterson campaigned at a Sauk Centre Dairy Farm.
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DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton is calling on all outside political organizations to stop running TV ads that include negative, personal attacks against candidates.
Dayton made his proposal today (Thursday) at a State Capitol news conference, just one day after the state Republican party unveiled an anti-Dayton ad. Dayton did not call on GOP leaders to end that ad, but going forward, he said the content should stick to the issues.
"Whatever those of us have said or done ,or not said or not done, on the public record as public officials or in our capacity working in the public arena is certainly appropriate for anybody to question or criticize," Dayton said. "But I think my two opponents are decent men, and I will treat them as such. And I think that's the kind of campaign that Minnesotans deserve."
Republican party leaders rejected Dayton's proposal. They called him hypocritical for not previously denouncing an anti-Tom Emmer ad run by an advocacy group that includes several Dayton family members on its donor list.
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner agrees with Dayton. In a news release, Horner said he wants the campaign focused on solutions.
"We need to re-engage the majority of Minnesotans who have been pushed to the sidelines by the extremist politics of the other parties," Horner said.
The dust hasn't settled from Tuesday's primary, but the candidates are already filling up their schedules with several debates in the coming weeks.
Here are some of the events we know about in the next few weeks where Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner have been invited:
TPT Almanac, Aug. 13
Game Fair, Anoka, Aug. 14
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Nisswa, Aug. 17
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cites, Winona, Aug. 19
University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Aug. 24
Infrastructure, Jobs and Development Forum, Northland Inn, Brooklyn Park, Aug. 25
Twin West Chamber of Commerce, General Mills, Golden Valley, Aug. 26
Goodhue County United Veterans Organization, Aug. 30
Minnesota Public Radio, State Fair, Sept. 3