It took six rounds of voting that lasted past 11 p.m., but delegates finally endorsed House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher for Governor Saturday at the DFL convention in Duluth. Kelliher is the first female candidate for Minnesota governor to win the endorsement of a major party.
Kelliher's candidacy was boosted by the late-breaking endorsements of State Rep. Tom Rukavina and State Sen. John Marty as they withdrew from the race. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback mounted the strongest challenge to Kelliher, but when it became clear he didn't have the votes to beat her, he pledged to support her in the general election.
Not all of Kelliher's Democratic opponents have conceded. Matt Entenza, Mark Dayton and Susan Gaertner are all planning on challenging Kelliher in the party primary on August 10. Democrats haven't elected a governor since 1990. Republicans will pick their gubernatorial candidate next week.