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Jackson County agrees with state caucus results: Walz, Johnson on top

Wed 2-7-2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and Republicans have chosen their favorites in the wide-open race for governor.

Rep. Tim Walz was leading five fellow Democrats in a preference poll among voters conducted at Tuesday's precinct. And 2014 GOP nominee Jeff Johnson cruised to a commanding victory among Republicans with more than 45 percent of the vote.

The straw poll testing of gubernatorial candidates' support was the main event of Tuesday's precinct caucuses, the first chance for voters to get involved in a busy 2018 campaign season. But the results of such polls are rarely indicative of which candidates will win the nomination.

In a rare turn, Jackson County voters agreed with the statewide results.  Rep. Walz received 71 percent of the DFL votes in county.  Johnson received 47 percent of the Republican vote.

Martin County Republicans also overwhelmingly supported Johnson, while Cottonwood County supported GOP Chair Keith Downey and Nobles County preferred Phillip Parrish.

Early results also showed a large number of undecided voters in both parties.