The Free Press, Mankato, MN


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Surrounded by his children Amanda, 20, Phil, 17 and wife, Rhonda, Republican state Sen. Dave Thompson announces his gubernatorial run at the Capitol Wednesday in St. Paul. Thompson is the fourth Republican in the race, with others still mulling a challenge against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton next year. With an ardently conservative background and a tea-party-tinged message, Thompson's presence in the race could tug the GOP's nomination contest more to the right. The office is the top target of Minnesota Republicans, who haven't won a statewide election since 2006. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)