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•Tim Pawlenty endorsement acceptance speech. Listen
•Brian Sullivan concession speech. Listen
•Norm Coleman endorsement acceptance speech. Listen
Midday previews the convention. Listen
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GOP State Convention
Xcel Energy Center
June 13-15, 2002
Snapshot The highlight of the GOP state convention was the 17-hour endorsement fight between House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty and Orono businessman Brian Sullivan. Delegates took 12 ballots to finally settle the race, giving the nod to Pawlenty. Former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman was unanimously endorsed Thursday in his race against Paul Wellstone for the U.S. Senate. Pawlenty will now face DFLer Roger Moe, Green Party nominee Ken Pentel and, possibly, Gov. Jesse Ventura in November. (More)
Convention News
Pawlenty wins marathon endorsement for governor
June 15 - Tim Pawlenty is the Republican candidate for governor. It took delaegates at the Republican State Convention 12 ballots and well into Saturday morning to give the nod to the House majority leader. Pawlenty defeated Orono businessman Brian Sullivan, who conceded the race after Pawlenty received support from 58 percent of the convention's 2,200 delegates. ( More)

Coleman accepts endorsement
June 14 - Delegates to the Republican state convention unanimously endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman, in his campaign to unseat DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone. Coleman wasted no time in attacking Wellstone's record. ( More)

Campaign 2002 profile: Tim Pawlenty
June 12 - Tim Pawlenty's path to the governor's race took some unexpected turns. He first decided against running for governor, since some of the party faithful were already backing Brian Sullivan. Pawlenty had set his sights on the U.S. Senate, by challenging DFL incumbent Paul Wellstone. ( More)

Campaign 2002 profile: Brian Sullivan
June 12 - Minnesota Republicans will endorse a candidate for governor on Friday - and the race is a close one between entrepreneur Brian Sullivan and legislative leader Tim Pawlenty. Sullivan holds a slight lead in the party's non-binding straw polls of delegates. This is Sullivan's first bid for public office, but he says his business background has prepared him to run the state.( More)

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